Ham Leftovers? Check out these recipes!

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I love ham leftovers just as much as the next person. But, I also know how to make them deliciously different. Do you wanna know?

leftover ham on a plate

Ever since my kids watched Ponyo, someone is likely to jump up and down and shout, “Ham!” when I mention the lovely cured meat that we indulge in as a festive holiday meal a few times a year. Whether it’s our travels in France and England or just our natural affinity for the meat, ham ends up being a regular on our table all year long.

This year, it’s featuring as part of our Christmas dinner, alongside turkey and a roast. Yes, I may go all out.

Only because I want to cook once for a few days, and then put my feet up, enjoying a glass of wine and a plate of leftovers. 

You and I both know, don’t we, that ham straight on a plate is not as exciting as ham worked into other dishes. To save you a little wear and tear on the internet, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes to use ham.

Recipes for Ham Leftovers

plate of scrambled eggs with ham

Diced Ham and Eggs

This is my husband’s favorite breakfast. Prepare scrambled eggs as you normally do, but stir in a handful of finely diced ham. Go for the gusto with a Denver Scramble.

ham quiche on a plate

Ham and Spinach Quiche

Quiche freezes wonderfully, so if you don’t want to eat it up now, mix up several quiche and freeze them flat. Then wrap them well and return them to the freezer. You can’t go wrong mixing up a few of these Ham and Gruyere Quiche with Leeks.

bowl of broccoli soup with ham


Ham and Cheese Soup with Veggies

I love cheese soup. It is one of my all-time comfort foods. Once you’ve prepared Cheddar Cheese Soup, stir in 1/2 cup diced ham. So good!

 grilled cheese with ham on a cookie sheet

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – aka The Croque Monsieur

My favorite sandwich is hard to choose, but the Croque Monsieur is a top contender, for sure. Such amazing flavor from simple, humble ingredients!

ham and cheese slider on a plate with salad

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Want something a little quicker to prepare? Then these Ham and Swiss Sliders are just the ticket!

ham and cheese in puff pastry with salad

Ham and Cheese Foldovers

I promise, this is my last ham sandwich for this post, but these Ham and Cheese Foldovers are so good. I have to mention them!

hawaiian pizza

Make a Hawaiian Pizza

I love homemade pizza! Place a layer of diced ham and a layer of diced pineapple in your topping lineup. Top with more cheese and bake according to recipe directions.

pot of chicken gumbo soup

California Chicken Gumbo

This gumbo is on my menu plan for Sunday. It cooks in the crockpot, making it a super easy meal for the day after Christmas.

bowl of pasta with ham

Creamy Noodles and Ham

Dinner will come together in a jiffy with just a handful of ingredients. This recipe for Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes is amazingly easy and delicious!

Freeze it!

You know me, I love my freezer. If you don’t want to mess with your leftover ham, don’t throw it out! Simply cut and dice the leftovers, wrap well in plastic wrap in meal-sized or recipe-sized portions. Slip the wrapped packages into a large freezer bag and stash the ham leftovers until another time. You won’t become sick of ham in three days, but instead, you can stretch one meal to enjoy several times over the coming months.

Got any favorite recipes for ham leftovers?

Recipes for Ham Leftovers | Good Cheap Eats

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  1. Sandi says:

    Besides what you already listed, it’s good in a mac and cheese casserole, or in red beans and rice.

    • Yummy!

    • Melissa in GA says:

      I second the red beans and rice! Ham is delicious in the beans, especially when you have the bone.

      • I have never had authentic red beans and rice. I’m so curious what it’s supposed to taste like.

        • Melissa in GA says:

          You can google and find a few really good authentic recipes. Basically it’s the trinity of onion, green pepper and celery sautéed in some oil with some fresh garlic, sage, thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper & cayenne (to your heat preference). A pound of soaked red beans (see if you can find Camilla brand) and water. I use a ham bone if I have it, if not I use our favorite smoked sausage, browned and added in the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.
          Some folks like theirs in a thick gravy, some like it a bit thinner – it’s all a matter of taste.
          Serve over hit rice with a bottle of your favorite hot sauce on the side to heat it up to your desired amount of heat.

  2. Kristin says:

    We use the ham bone for split pea soup! So good!

    • I usually do bacon, but I have been meaning to try ham in split pea soup.

      • Sally says:

        I’ve made the Split Pea Soup with Leftover Ham and Chive Croutons (though I usually omit the croutons) from How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach. It’s very good.

        I’m also a big fan of the Denver Scramble.

  3. Alice E says:

    Off hand, I would suggest adding some to lentils or beans, pasta salad, potato or any creamy soup, broccoli and rice with a creamy mushroom sauce (cheese optional), and any breakfast casserole. Also very good in cabbage rice soup made of diced onions, chopped or shredded cabbage and rice cooked in broth (usually chicken). And of course any creamy pasta dish. Obviously I like using leftover ham!

    I would suggest freezing it in slices and dicing it when you use it. I just freeze a couple of slices in a freezer bag. My chef’s knife will chop it frozen and it thaws quickly or is frequently added frozen. It is much easier to get all the air out when freezing slices, for me at least, so it keeps better. I do dice up some of the small ends and freeze them in broth.

  4. karen b says:

    Cheese chowder……basically a potato soup with carrots & celery & ham. so good

  5. Alice E says:

    Also good added to potato dishes such as Scalloped or creamed dishes. Or you could do a ham and potato hash.

  6. Katie C. says:

    16 bean soup with the ham bone! I am currently defrosting a ham from the deep freeze for Christmas Eve. Next day, bean soup with crusty bread!

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