Great Leftover Ham Recipes

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These leftover ham recipes are perfect for using your Easter ham. Try one, try them all. They’re super duper good.

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When we were in France last fall, we ate a lot of ham. A lot. Ham is ubiquitous throughout France: in sandwiches, on salads, atop pizzas. My ham-loving son was thrilled.

I love ham for the bites of sweet and salty flavor it brings to food.

This week you should be seeing ham on sale in stores. It’s as low as 99 cents/pound in my neck of the woods. It’s been lower in the past, but that’s still a good deal.

When I buy a ham, I serve it as a man dish the first time. Then we chop or slice the leftovers to freeze in small bags in the freezer. That makes it easy to stir a little into scrambled eggs or toss some on the pizza.

Leftover Ham Recipes

If you’ve got ham at home and want some tasty recipes to use it in, try one of these. I suppose it’s no coincidence that they were inspired by our time in France.

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Ham and Cheese Salad

Diced Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Dijon mustard pack this salad full of flavor. You will be surprised how something so simple can taste so fabulous.

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Croque Monsieur

This delicious comfort food is basically a dressed up grilled cheese sandwich. But, oh my! The Croque Monsieur is so much more than that.

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Ham and Gruyere Quiche

Ham and eggs never tasted so good! Mix up a Ham and Gruyere Quiche for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It tastes great any time of day.

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Chicken and Prosciutto Salad

I still dream of this salad that we had at Zizzi in London. It’s so good! You can easily substitute chopped ham for the prosciutto in this Chicken and Prosciutto Salad.

Hungry for more? Check out these leftover ham recipes.

What’s your favorite recipe to make with ham?

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  1. Stephanie M. says:

    I’m not sure about where you live but here if we spend $400.00 in the supermarket where I go within a certain time period, we get a free ham. Only problem is is that it is a ham shank. My father once told me that the butt portion is better because the bone is smaller and there is more meat. That said, I always get the butt portion but they are not for free but they are at a reduced price. I ended up spending about $2.00 on a 12.42 oz. ham that was originally marked at $1.89 per pound and would have otherwise cost $23.47. So for $2.00, I got what I really wanted. They also put on sale the spiral hams but I’ve had those too and find that the middle part is not cut through and since the slices are so thin, they get dried out. Here are a couple of things I enjoy making out of the leftover ham:

    Ham and Noodle Casserole

    1 lb. noodles or any other pasta
    2 cups cooked ham cubes
    1 cup diced swiss cheese (deli style)
    1 diced green bell pepper
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 egg
    2 TBS. oil
    1 can sliced mushrooms
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    1 cup sour cream
    salt and pepper to taste

    Cook noodles and drain. Return to pot. Butter coat a large casserole dish. Sautee in 2 TBS. oil, peppers and onions till soft. Combine egg with sour cream. To pot, combine noodles, ham, peppers, onions, mushrooms, swiss cheese, salt and pepper, egg and sour cream; Toss well. Pour into casserole and dot with butter. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes covered. Remove cover and cook an additional 10 minutes.

    Cheddar Ham Chowder

    2 cups water
    2 cups peeled potatoes
    1/2 cup sliced carrots
    1/2 cup sliced celery
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/4 cup butter
    1/4 cup flour
    2 cups half and half
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1 (16 oz.) can corn, drained
    1 1/2 cups cubed ham

    In a large pot, bring the water, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Remove from heat; do not drain.

    In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Blend in flour. Add the cream all at once; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cheese and stir until melted. Stir into the un drained vegetables; return large pot to the heat; add corn and ham, heat thoroughly; stirring occasionally.

    And, of course:

    Ham salad sammies:

    Chop ham into tiny pieces; add chopped pickle and mayo. Spread on a thick and crusty bread. Yum!

    But this year, I am going to try the very delicious looking croque monsieur sammies. They look so wonderful and I know my family is going to love these, for sure. Maybe some tomato basil soup to go with it.

  2. karen J says:

    I’m in agreement with Stephanie on spiral cut hams. We just don’t like them nearly as much as bone in butts. Our ham salad is similar-I put ham odds and ends (fat removed) into the food processor with dill pickles, green onion, and mayo and give it a spin. It is so addictively good on crackers, squishy white rolls, and in sandwiches. No need to add salt-it is plenty salty and delicious.
    We also add leftover ham to jamalaya, along with leftover chicken or shrimp.
    When we were in France years ago we loved Croque Monsieurs. I’m happy you included the recipe. Thanks.

  3. Janet says:

    We have several recipes for leftover ham. Our favorites include ham and potato soup; deviled ham sandwiches; ham and pinto beans; and ham tetrazzini.

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