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14 Must-Try Leftover Ham Recipes

14 Must-Try Leftover Ham Recipes

Got leftover ham from the holidays? Fantastic!!!

You can now try one (or two) of these 14 amazing leftover ham recipes to transform your blah cold ham into something totally exciting. From hearty soups and sandwiches to exciting salads and casseroles, there is something for everyone!

You can now try one (or two) of these 14  amazing recipes to transform your blah leftover ham into something totally exciting. From hearty soups and sandwiches to exciting salads and casseroles, there is something for everyone!

But before we get into the recipes, let’s talk about how to properly store your leftover ham, so you can enjoy it with these 14 delicious recipes by scrolling further down!

P.S. Need help with selecting the right type of ham? I’ve got you covered!

HOW LONG CAN YOU REFRIGERATE LEFTOVERS FOR? 

Leftover ham can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

But here’s a word of caution: refrigerate the leftovers within 2 hours after it’s cooked. This reduces contamination. 

CAN I FREEZE LEFTOVER HAM?

You can freeze leftovers for up to 2 months and only once. So how do you do that

  • Step 1. Allow the ham to cool in the refrigerator. Decide if you are freezing the whole ham or smaller portions. I do smaller portions, especially if there’s so much leftover ham and if you look at the recipes below you’re going to want to!
  • Step 2.  If you’re doing smaller portions, then cut the ham accordingly. Paper towel off any excess moisture and place the ham in a freezer bag(s).
  • Step 3. Wrap the freezer bag in aluminum foil and then place it in another freezer bag(s). This will prevent a freezer burn!
  • Step 4. Label the freezer bag(s) with the name and date. 

TIP: Don’t throw away the bone! You can make a delicious ham broth. If not making the broth right away, you can freeze the ham bone for later as well.

HOW DO YOU WARM UP LEFTOVERS?

Transfer the frozen ham into the refrigerator to thaw for 24-48 hours. Forgot to thaw it ahead? No problem!

Here’re 2 ways to quickly thaw a frozen ham:

  • Defrost it in the microwave (defrost function)
  • Or place the ham in cold water in an airtight bag

How to not dry out the ham:

  • Step 1. Wrap the leftover ham in aluminum foil and place it on a roasting pan. Place some water in the bottom pan.
  • Step 2. If you have glaze, brush it over or alternatively make your own but this depends on the leftover recipe you choose.
  • Step 3. Reheat at 325°F until it reaches an internal temperature of 135-140°F.

TIP: No more than 10 minutes per pound!

HERE ARE MUST TRY LEFTOVER HAM RECIPES:

MONTE CRISTO SANDWICH from She Wears Many Hats

Don’t just make a ham and cheese sandwich, make Monte Cristo Sandwich. Wonder what it is? Check out the recipe!

Get the full recipe here.

HAM GOO SANDWICHES from The Speckled Palate

Transform leftover ham into crowd-pleasing appetizer, or a lunch for your out of town guests.

Get the full recipe here.

MINI HAM & CHEESE CALZONE from Culinary Ginger

Revamp your pizza night with these cute mini calzones!!

Get the full recipe here.

CHEESY HOT HAM & BROCCOLI CRESCENT POCKETS from The Creative Bite

Fantastic idea to use up leftover ham! Creamy ham and cheese filling wrapped in a flaky crescent rolls and topped with crispy croutons! YUM!

Get the full recipe here.

Soups with Leftover Ham

HAM AND BEAN SOUP from WonkyWonderful

The best way to use leftover ham: Make a hearty yet healthy ham and bean soup, of course!

Get the full recipe here.

INSTANT POT RED BEAN AND RICE from Mom Foodie

Hearty red bean and rice soup with leftover ham is a Southern classic comfort food, which means the best kind of comfort food!

Get the full recipe here.

SLOW COOKER HAM AND BEAN SOUP from Dinner at the Zoo

Or make your hearty ham and bean soup in a slow cooker!

Get the full recipe here.

CROCK POT LEFTOVER HAM BONE SOUP from Simple Nourished Living

No beans, no problem! This hearty leftover ham bone soup is low on calories, but big on flavor!

Get the full recipe here.

SLOW COOKER HAM, CORN AND POTATO SOUP from Sweet & Savory

If you’re in mood for creamy soup, try this ham and potato soup! It won’t disappoint!

Get the full recipe here.

Salads with leftover ham

DEVILED HAM SALAD from Savory Tooth

You’d definitely want to save some of your holiday ham for this low-carb, keto and gluten free deviled ham salad.

Get the full recipe here.

HAM AND SWISS SALAD from Neighbor Food

Aka 1905 salad, this fresh and flavorful ham and swiss salad with garlic dressing is also an excellent weeknight dinner.

Get the full recipe here.

CHOPPED HAM & DIJON DILL SALAD from Running to the Kitchen

Not your usual ham salad here. This one is loaded with fresh veggies and dressed with tangy dijon dill dressing!

Get the full recipe here.

Casseroles with Leftover Ham

HAM AND EGG HASH WITH POTATOES from The Cooking Bride

Get excited about that leftover ham, because there is nothing boring about this ham and egg hash with potatoes.

Get the full recipe here.

HAM en KAAS SOUTTERT from Greedy Gourmet

This rich South African ham and cheese quiche is easy to prepare and perfect make-ahead dinner for a busy weeknight.

Get the full recipe here.

This post was originally published on March 29, 2019, and last updated on February 20, 2020.

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