I usually serve a ham on Christmas eve. We go to a candlelight service and then come home for dinner. The ham is easy to serve shortly after we arrive home since it is precooked and I can keep it warm in a large slow cooker. But even small hams leave us with leftovers. I thought I would share some of the ways that I will be using up the leftover ham.
Ham freezes well. I stretch the leftovers over several weeks, by freezing the ham in usable portions and then thawing it as needed. Don't freeze your ham in one large chunk. Instead, dice it, cube it, or cut it into thin slivers – whatever your favorite ham recipes call for it.
The ham bone can be used to add flavor to soups, so don't toss it out once you remove the meat from the bone. If you don't have time to make soup or cook beans within a few days of serving the ham, wrap the bone in plastic and place it in the freezer to use at a later time. The ham bone will keep for 3 – 4 months in the freezer.
Recipes to Use Up Leftover Ham
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