What to Do with That Leftover Ham

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Got ham? Transform your ham leftovers into something extra delicious.

What to Do with Leftover Ham - Got ham? Transform your ham leftovers into something extra delicious.

My boys love ham. Love it. My husband can go either way on it, but now that the boys have a larger voice in culinary choices, we make ham about twice a year. I cook up a large honey-baked ham, sometimes in the crockpot, a pan full of the best scalloped potatoes on the planet, and a few vegetable sides.

In the days following we transform the leftovers into something new and different, but still delicious. The potatoes rarely last past one meal, anyway.

If we don’t feel like having ham several days in a row, we package it for the freezer. Actually, FishBoy16 does this. He is my resident “I-need-meat-for-it-to-be-a-meal” diner. Which isn’t totally true, because he does great with vegetarian meals, provided they have hearty, healthy fats like avocado or nuts included. So, whatever. Let’s just say he’s a big ham fan.

He does all the slicing and dicing and packages it in personal size packages for freezing. That way, anytime, he wants to make Ham and Eggs or another hammy breakfast dish, he’s ready to go.

Here are some of our favorite ham dishes to use up the Easter or Christmas leftovers:

chef's salad with garlicky anchovy vinaigrette

Chef’s Salad

A typical chef’s salad boasts hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat on a bed of dressed greens. This version features a garlicky anchovy vinaigrette that adds some punch to the melange.

Creamy noodles with ham and tomatoes sm

Creamy Noodles with Ham and Tomatoes

This pasta dish is the result of a pantry challenge when I put leftover spaghetti and ham from the freezer to good use. I had a tomato and basil from the produce box and just a bit of cream to make a delightful carbonara-esque pasta dish.


Denver Scramble

Denver Scramble is one of the tastes of my childhood. It’s basically a Denver Omelet for the omelet-impaired. So filling, it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

California Chicken Gumbo for a Crowd

I know this California Chicken Gumbo for a Crowd isn’t “authentic” but it sure is good. The fact that it cooks in the slow cooker is an added bonus, so you can just set it and forget it.

Ham and Egg Salad ingredients

Ham and Egg Salad

We didn’t dye eggs this year. I had every intention to do so. We were going to experiment with natural dyes. But, then I ran out of eggs and the price of eggs at the closest store did not make it easy to hard cook enough eggs so SIX kids could dye them to their hearts content. If you’ve got leftover hard cooked eggs, though, consider making this Ham and Egg Salad.

And if you just can’t look that ham in the eye right now, just toss it in the freezer, well-wrapped. It will be good for a couple months until you’re ready to enjoy it again.

What do YOU do with leftover ham?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Tiffany R says:

    I have a potato cheese soup that calls for bacon but if I have leftover ham, I dice that up and use it instead. It makes it a little heartier and everyone loves it, especially with homemade bread.

  2. Jamie says:

    Au gratin potatoes and ham or breakfast pizza

  3. Becky says:

    ham fried rice!! Yum!!!

  4. Stephanie M. says:

    I, too, package leftover ham in cubes in individual freezer bags. With one bag, I usually make a ham and noodle casserole which makes a large tray or several smaller trays for freezer meals so it makes several more meals. With another bag, I make a ham chowder which also makes a few meals. If there are still leftovers, I either use it in some kind of breakfast dish or make ham salad for sandwiches. But I do try to use it all because wasting food is something I try very hard not to do.

  5. amy says:

    I’m making ham fried rice and freezing my ham bone for white bean soup. I also make a ham and scalloped potato casserole or add it to fritattas.

  6. jamie says:

    i make the crust by rolling out the refrigerated croissant dough. You could do a healthier version. The next layer is browned hash browns. I whisk 4-5 eggs with milk and pour over the hash browns. Top with cubed ham and shredded cheese and bake at 350* for about 30 minutes. Bacon is good too! 🙂

  7. jamie says:

    I use a pizza pan, but really either one would be fine.

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