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Have some leftover Baked Ham from the holidays, or even a good, meaty ham bone? Put it to work in these delicious Leftover Ham Recipes. From Soup to Salad, Sandwiches and Casseroles, there’s something here for everyone.
Baked Ham is a staple at many holiday tables, from Christmas to Easter, and it makes an excellent Sunday Supper in between. Whether it’s a retro Dr. Pepper Ham or my favorite Baked Ham with crumb topping, it’s a satisfying meal for feeding the family or a crowd.
Once the party is over, you’ll probably have leftover ham. In fact, I always buy a larger ham than I need, just for the leftovers! And while I love baked ham the second day, just on soft yeasty rolls with lots of soft butter, there are a lot of creative ways you can put it to use.
And if you just had ham and you’re not ready to eat more, that’s fine! Just package it for the freezer and pull it out when you’re ready. Just be sure to buy a spiral-sliced ham to make your life even easier.
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Ham Bone Soup
Fully-cooked, bone-in hams are champions of both flavor and convenience. If you get one spiral-sliced, it’s even easier! Put the ham bone, and any leftover ham, to work in an easy Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup recipe.
I love soup with great Northern beans, and you don’t need to soak them in advance. Or, try Ham and Lentil Soup; it cooks even faster! Ham Bone Soup is one of my family’s favorite comfort food recipes and is a tradition in our home after Easter and Christmas.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
Ham and Lentil Soup
Ham Fried Rice
Whether you love or hate ham and pineapple on pizza, you might just love ham and pineapple in fried rice! Hawaiian Fried Rice is a quick and easy dinner option and one of my favorite ways to enjoy leftover ham. It’s especially convenient if you keep extra bags of Baked Rice in your freezer (I always do).
Not into pineapple with your ham? Try my regular Brown Fried Rice and just add ham. It’s quick and easy too, and the kids will love it. For even more flavor, add a drizzle of your favorite sweet Barbecue Sauce (BBQ Ham Fried Rice, anyone?). Delish!
Hawaiian Fried Rice
Brown Fried Rice
Ham Quiche or Frittata
Whether you’re looking for Mini Quiche appetizers, Quiche Muffins for breakfast meal prep, or a full-size Quiche for brunch, leftover ham is always a great filling option! You can even use ham instead of bacon for a twist on Quiche Lorraine.
Mini Quiche 4 Ways
Classic Ham and Cheese Sliders are a delicious, snacky way to use leftover ham up (and you can freeze the ham until you have a party to make these!). Or, for an epic breakfast treat, try a delicious Monte Cristo sandwich with a side of raspberry sauce for dipping.
Ham and Cheese Sliders
Monte Cristo Sandwich
Are you digging a retro deli salad? Add all your leftover ham to a food processor with pickle relish and mayonnaise for Ham Salad, delicious on bread and crackers alike.
Or, make the best Macaroni Salad ever with leftover ham, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, broccoli, red peppers, celery, bacon… the works. And leave out anything that you want to, it’s okay if you don’t hit 100% of the ingredients here.
The Best Macaroni Salad
A Make-ahead Overnight Breakfast Casserole might be just the thing to put your leftover ham to work. With layers of soft, eggy bread and a crunchy cornflake topping, it’s a show-stopper at brunch.
Or, add leftover diced ham to your next dish of Scalloped Potatoes. They always make a perfect pair!
Overnight Breakfast Casserole
15 Delicious Leftover Ham Recipes: Hash Brown Quiche (+More Great Meal Ideas!)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine hash browns with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with melted butter and toss until evenly coated.
- Press into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate or cast iron skillet. Bake for 25 minutes and remove from oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together eggs and milk. In a separate bowl, combine ham, cheese, and bell peppers.
- Pour egg mixture evenly over the baked hash brown crust. Top with ham and cheese mixture.
- Bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and the eggs have set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
Meggan Hill is a classically-trained chef and professional writer. Her meticulously-tested recipes and detailed tutorials bring confidence and success to home cooks everywhere. Meggan has been featured on NPR, HuffPost, FoxNews, LA Times, and more.