On busy weeks, I will bake a ham on the weekend, then serve leftover ham recipes on the weeknights.
What to Do with Leftover Ham
Besides the occasional Sunday dinner, I usually serve either Ham with a Honey Mustard Sauce or Ham with an Orange-Spice Glaze for Easter. I also serve a Christmas ham. No matter how small of a ham I buy or how many people I invite over, I always end up with leftovers. Fortunately, I happen to like leftover ham because it makes for quick and easy meals.
While I enjoy a ham sandwich as much as the next person, we would easily tire of just eating ham on sandwiches or wraps, so I have come up with a variety of leftover ham recipes that I can use the leftovers in. These recipes to use up leftover ham speed up prep time on hectic evenings by making a ham and cheese quiche or adding cubed ham to pasta salads. You can also use leftover ham in breakfast recipes like frittatas and scrambled eggs to create a hearty breakfast on a cold morning.
Freezing Leftover Ham
Ham freezes well. If your family quickly tires of eating the same thing, even if you change things up a bit, freeze your leftover ham. Cut it into bite-size pieces for casseroles or thin slices for sandwiches. Then freeze the diced ham in usable portions. You can thaw the frozen ham in your refrigerator overnight. You can stretch the leftover ham over several weeks to use on busy nights where you need to speed up the prep time and create fast and easy meals. You can find more tips for how to store and use up leftovers here.
Leftover Ham Recipes
These recipes to use up leftover ham are all easy to make.
Ham and Asparagus Frittata – This is a great recipe for breakfast or dinner!
Roasted Potato and Ham Casserole – This hearty casserole is easy to make.
Ham and Broccoli Frittata – My kids voluntarily eat broccoli when I serve this.
Honey Dijon Ham & Cheese Wraps – Such an easy lunch idea!
Meat Lover's Hash Brown Casserole – This is a favorite with my boys.
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Ham – Turn scalloped potatoes into a complete meal!
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Peas – Pure comfort food!
Recipes Using Ham from Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch:
If you have my cookbook, Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch, you can use leftover ham to make these recipes from the cookbook:
- Skillet Mac & Cheese with Ham and Broccoli p. 50
- Skillet Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Peas p. 54
- White Bean and Ham Soup with Spinach p.60
- Potato, Ham, and Corn Chowder p. 63
- Ham and Cauliflower Casserole p. 64
- Ham and Spinach Waffle Quesadillas p. 72
Don't Forget: The ham bone can be used to add flavor to soups, so don't toss it. If you don't have time to make soup within a few days of serving ham, wrap the bone and place it in the freezer to use at a later time to make soup or add flavor to a bean dish.
Recipes that Use a Ham Bone
How do you use up leftover ham?
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