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TIP OF THE DAY: 41 Things To Do With Leftover Ham

A week later, we are still working our way through leftover Thanksgiving ham.

We received a lovely ham gift basket from The ham was about 10 pounds, and joined a large turkey and five sides to feed a group of eight. Needless to say, plenty of everything was left after the meal.

While the other leftovers were polished off by Sunday, we’re still munching on lots of leftover ham. We developed this list of 41 recipe ideas, and have been ticking them off three times a day. Yes, it’s a ham-a-thon: a ham marathon. Let us know what we’ve left off the list.

Leftover Ham For Breakfast & Brunch

  • Breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs, ham and shredded cheese in a tortilla wrap)
  • Congee (Chinese rice porridge—make it with Cream of Rice) with diced ham, pea and scallions
  • Chef salad (with the leftover turkey)
  • Homemade “Egg McMuffins”

    Ideas to finish our leftover ham. Photo courtesy

  • Eggs Benedict (poached eggs and ham on English muffins with hollandaise sauce)
  • Frittata or omelet
  • Ham croissants (roll shredded ham in refrigerated croissant dough)
  • Ham and eggs, any style
  • Ham and waffle “sandwich”
  • Quiche
    Leftover Ham For Lunch

  • Croque Monsieur (a hot grilled ham and cheese sandwich with Emmental or Gruyère)
  • Ham & grilled cheese with Brie, Cheddar or other favorite cheese (pineapple slice optional)
  • Ham salad
  • Ham salad/egg salad combo (add diced hard-cooked eggs to the ham salad)
  • Ham salad in a red bell pepper
  • Ham sandwiches with special condiments: chutney, cranberry-horseradish relish, honey mustard, chipotle or wasabi mayonnaise
    Leftover Ham In Sides

  • Canned soup—split pea soup, lentil soup, vegetable soup, cream of asparagus soup, etc.—with diced ham
  • From-scratch soup with the ham bone (split pea, lentil, vegetable)
  • Green beans and/or Brussels sprouts with julienned ham
  • “Ham and Swiss” baked potato
  • Ham fried rice
  • Mashed potatoes (white or sweet) with diced ham
  • Rice with ham, peas, corn and pimento strips
  • Queso asado (baked cheese) with ham
    Leftover Ham For Dinner

  • Fettuccine Alfredo with julienned ham
  • Ham and pineapple skewers
  • Ham, potato and root vegetable casserole
  • Ham and potato gratin
  • Ham and pineapple pizza
  • Ham pot pie
  • Ham skewers with mushrooms, onion, bell peppers and pineapple
  • Mac and cheese with ham
  • Pasta any style with ham, peas, broccoli florets, red bell pepper or pimento
  • Roasted potatoes with diced bell peppers, onion and ham
  • Spinach salad with ham instead of bacon
  • Stir-fried vegetables and ham
    Leftover Ham For Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvre

  • Cubed ham cocktail garnish for Bloody Marys and Martinis
  • Deviled eggs with a small dice of ham (we call it “ham and eggs”)
  • Deviled ham on biscuits, in mushroom caps, on sandwiches and canapés
  • Ham canapés (thin slices on bread or crackers with any garnish you like—sliced olives are the easiest)
  • Salumi or cold cuts platter (slice the ham very thin, like prosciutto)
    Still have leftover ham?

    Cut it into single portions to defrost for lunch or dinner, or cube and freeze for soup garnishes, omelets, casseroles, etc.

    Find ham recipes in our Pork Section.

    Take our ham trivia quiz.


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