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6 Recipes for Leftover Ham – Leite’s Culinaria


Leftover ham is rarely a foul factor. These 6 recipes are proof.

A plate with two eggs Benedict, a bowl of arugula and pear salad, a cast iron dish filled with ham and potato sarladaise, and a ham and cheese omelet in a skillet.

It occurs every time we serve ham for Easter. On Monday morning, The One and I open the fridge, logy from overindulging in carbs, and discover a chunk of porcine goodness staring us down.

It goes with out saying that The One will make his split-pea soup utilizing the bone as a substitute of hocks. However we’re at all times left scratching our heads asking, “How are we going to make use of up all this leftover ham?”

One yr, I got here up with the ham, cheese, and potato casserole beneath, and since then, it’s grow to be a yearly staple. I encourage you to strive it for those who haven’t. Actually, it’s cause sufficient to purchase and prepare dinner an entire ham.

And, after all, there are Julia’s eggs Benedict, cheesy-porky omelets, extra potatoes and ham, and nearly any salad–leafy or potato–can profit from ham.

Nonetheless want extra concepts? Fold some into simple empanadas. Stir chunks into your favourite sourdough bread. (Don’t neglect to toss in a handful or two of grated cheese and plenty of black pepper). Slip some into grilled cheese sandwiches. I may go on and on.

Inform me: Should you’re a ham lover, what do you do with all your leftovers?


The word "David" written in script.

A ham, cheese, and potato casserole in a large rectangular dish, on a red-and-white striped towel.

This ham, cheese, and potato casserole is our new definition of decadent consolation meals. Layers of cooked ham, thinly sliced potatoes, shallots, and gooey cheese are baked in a wealthy cream sauce till crispy and golden.


I’ve made this ham and potato casserole in all probability 5 occasions, and it’s excellent. I exploit common milk as a substitute of cream simply to lighten it a bit. And I saute some garlic with the shallot as a substitute of rubbing it on the dish. At all times scrumptious and at all times will get rave critiques. It’s even scrumptious at room temperature or chilly the subsequent morning.–Davey

An arugula salad with country ham, pears, and honey vinaigrette, topped with chopped walnuts in a white bowl.

Be sure to take away not solely the inedible rind but additionally any extra fats from the cooked nation ham. The profound style of that fats is simply too sturdy, a poor match for the pears


This arugula salad recipe is so quite simple to make however so lovely and scrumptious. Speak about visually interesting!

Each chunk is one thing totally different–the slight saltiness of the ham, the tart sweetness of the pear, the nutty crunchiness of the walnuts, the little peppery chunk from the arugula all topped off with a beautiful candy French dressing. Every particular person ingredient is so good however tastes even higher combined collectively! The toasted walnut oil added a nice nutty smokiness.

We had this with company, and each single grownup requested the recipe. I (intentionally) made an excessive amount of French dressing, so my household and I had the salad the subsequent day once more (aw, shucks), however this time we topped it with shards of Parmesan along with the opposite yummy bits.–Brenda

A cooked ham and cheese omelet in a small skillet with a spatula sliding underneath to flip it.

This ham and cheese omelet is so tasty that you’re going to make it typically, even for those who’re not quick on time or power. Toss some salty ham in there and you have a profitable meal, any time of the day.


A Dutch oven filled with ham and potatoes sarladaise on a white and red linen cloth.

Ham and potatoes sarladaise is only a fancy French approach of claiming “Hey, bought leftover ham? It is a fantastically comforting factor to make with it!” The addition of parsley and garlic make it rustic and fast to prep.


The ham and potatoes sarladaise was a beautiful dish to make with leftover ham. My household liked it! I did add onions whereas frying the potatoes, although! Positively would make this once more.–Lori

Two Julia Child's eggs Benedict on a white plate with a side of asparagus.

This eggs Benedict from beloved Julia Baby is made with hollandaise sauce, poached eggs, buttery brioche (or English muffins), and ham. The proper brunch recipe. (How will you say no to Julia!)


Wonderful! This eggs Benedict recipe is divine, particularly the Hollandaise!–Mike M.

Leftover Ham FAQs

How lengthy can leftover ham be saved within the fridge?

Leftover ham may be saved within the fridge for as much as 4 days. Retailer it in an hermetic container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Are you able to freeze leftover ham?

Sure. Sliced or chopped leftover ham may be frozen in hermetic containers or freezer baggage for as much as two months. Thaw within the fridge in a single day earlier than utilizing.

What’s one of the best ways to reheat ham to keep away from it drying out?

Reheat your ham within the oven or on the stovetop with some further liquid to forestall it from changing into powerful or dry.

To reheat the ham within the oven, place it in a baking dish with a couple of tablespoons of broth or water. Cowl tightly and warmth in a 325°F oven till warmed by, about 10 minutes per pound.

To reheat the ham on the stovetop, place the ham in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of broth or water. Cowl the skillet and set over low warmth till warmed by, stirring sometimes.

Should you’ve bought a leftover ham bone, don’t toss it! It provides unbelievable taste to this gradual cooker cut up pea soup, which is one other nice use for leftover ham.

6 Recipes for Leftover Ham

A grilled ham and cheese sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

Maybe the best approach to make use of up your leftover ham is to stuff it between two slices of bread, schmear on some butter and mustard, prime it with cheese, and grill till golden. Behold, our favourite ☞ GRILLED HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICH.

Prep 5 minutes

Cook dinner 10 minutes

Whole 15 minutes

  • Place each slices of bread in your work floor. Unfold a few of the butter on prime of every slice of bread, then unfold the mustard on prime of the butter. 

  • Pile the ham and cheese on a slice of bread, season with salt and pepper to style, after which prime with the opposite bread slice, mustard-side down.

  • Soften the remaining butter in a skillet over medium or medium-high warmth. Gently place the sandwich within the skillet and let it prepare dinner, flipping as soon as, till crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes per facet.
  • Seize your spatula, flip it onto a plate, and put together to your day to get exponentially higher.

Serving: 1sandwichEnergy: 522kcal (26%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 23g (46%)Fats: 37g (57%)Saturated Fats: 20g (125%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 3gMonounsaturated Fats: 10gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 129mg (43%)Sodium: 1106mg (48%)Potassium: 243mg (7%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 3g (3%)Vitamin A: 937IU (19%)Vitamin C: 13mg (16%)Calcium: 368mg (37%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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