What to Make with Leftover Ham

You might not realize just how many options you have with leftover ham. So many!

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Don’t be afraid to get a giant ham for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or any other occasion, this year.

Not only can you use those leftovers in myriad ways, but ham also freezes and stores well. You can utilize leftover ham for months!

Can You Work with Leftover Ham?

Can You Work with Leftover Ham

We’ve just established that yes, of course, you can work with leftover ham. Once it’s cooked, it’s pretty hard to get wrong. You just chop it up and mix it in with pretty much any other ingredients. It highlights subtle flavors in milder foods, and it is so salty that it basically seasons the whole dish.

There is nothing like ham for a mix-in protein to your soups, casseroles, and pastas, and there is really nothing to be afraid of.

Should You Reheat Leftover Ham?

Should You Reheat Leftover Ham

But what about bacteria?!

Of course, you want to make sure you’re being as safe as possible with leftovers. No one wants a raucous bout of food poisoning as a reward for enjoying leftovers.

And while you should absolutely follow the safety guidelines for leftovers, you really do have very little to worry about as long as you store your ham properly.

Of course, you should always do your own research. To help get you started, I have linked to an article by the U.S. FDA on ham leftovers.

What to Make with Leftover Ham

Ham and Eggs

One of my favorite dishes to make with leftover ham is ham and eggs. It’s easy, and if you were hungering for leftovers even as you were enjoying your original ham meal, you can cook these up the very next day.

Ham and eggs is an easy dish that truly can consist of heating a skillet over medium heat, adding some olive oil, chopping up the ham and tossing it in the skillet.

Then, add some eggs to a bowl, whisk them up, and toss them in the skillet, too.

Mix the ingredients around until the eggs are thoroughly cooked, and that’s it!

Serve with toast and coffee, and you’ll be in heaven.

If you want to add some extra nutrients to this dish, you can sauté onions and garlic in the oil before you add the ham.

If you want to get really crazy with the health food, you can even add asparagus or green beans to the pan and sauté until tender before you add the ham.

The possibilities are endless!

Ham Sandwich

As you can see from the article linked above, you can even enjoy your leftover spiral ham cold.

This fact makes for a delicious lunch opportunity.

A ham sandwich on fresh sourdough bread with pickles, tomato, and red onion is amazing.

You can also grill some bread and make a grilled cheese. Swiss is an excellent option to add to ham as the flavor is subtle and balances well.

Ham, Corn, and Potato Chowder

Soup season is the best for leftover ham, and as many people enjoy ham for the holidays, a delicious leftover soup is a wonderful meal to whip up during post-holiday exhaustion.

A ham chowder can include anything from corn, peas, and green beans to potatoes. You name it, you can throw it in a soup.

A simple chowder calls for sautéing onions and garlic in oil over medium heat in a large stock pot.

Once the onions and garlic are tender, add the ham.

Stir the ham around a bit until it is crispy and add a few pats of butter.

Once the butter is melted, make a roux by adding a bit of flour to make a paste and some milk to make a thick gravy consistency.

Next, add 4-8 cups of chicken stock, depending on how much soup you want.

Finally, add in potatoes and corn.

To get a true chowder effect, use gold potatoes and cut them into small pieces. The potatoes will begin to fall apart and add thickness to your soup.

Cook everything together for about an hour and serve with fresh hot bread!

Ham and Broccoli Cheesy Pasta

Kids love cheesy pasta, so if you’ve got children, this is an excellent leftover dish.

Even if you don’t have kids, you’ll still probably love this delicious gooey meal on a cold night.

To make the dish, cook your favorite pasta according to the directions on the package.

While your water is boiling for the pasta, make a roux as described above.

I like to sauté onions and garlic in olive oil first then add the flour, butter, and milk. But you don’t have to use onions and garlic at all. You can go right to butter, flour, milk.

For this recipe, you’ll use about ¼ cup butter, 2 tablespoons of flour, and 2 cups of milk.

Once the roux is nice and thick, add about 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese and stir until completely melted. You can also experiment with other cheeses like gruyere for more flavor.

In a separate pan, sauté your chopped up ham and broccoli pieces until the broccoli is tender.

Warning: Do not try to make the roux and the ham and broccoli in the same pan. The fats in the cheese will mix with the fats in the ham, and you will end up with a chunky, separated mess.

Ham Fried Rice

Finally, you can make ham fried rice! Perhaps the easiest of these dishes, simply saute garlic and ginger in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped up ham and stir for a few minutes.

Create a large space in the center of the pan by pushing the ingredients to the sides and break a few eggs in that space. Mix the eggs until they are scrambled then stir the ingredients back in from the sides.

Add your cooked rice and stir, adding in some soy sauce for flavor.

Finally, you can add in any frozen veggies you like for nutrients. They should only take a few minutes to heat up in the rice.

Serve and enjoy!

What do you think? Do you have any favorite ways to use leftover ham in new meals? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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