10 Things to Do With Leftover Ham (Recipes and Tips)

Updated on July 23, 2020
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Kathy is a busy mom of two teens who loves to cook tasty and simple food for her family and friends.

There are lots of things you can do with leftover ham!
There are lots of things you can do with leftover ham! | Source

Did you cook a big ham for a holiday meal? If you have lots left over and are wondering what to do with it all, you've come to the right place!

Here are 10 things you can do with leftover ham. Enjoy!

1. Add It to Potato Dishes

Ham and potatoes go well together, especially when you add in some cheese. Whether you make it into a soup or something like this cheesy ham and potato bake, you will end up with a hearty and comforting meal.

You can also add some ham to home fried potatoes, scalloped potatoes or casseroles like this ham, potato and broccoli casserole.

2. Put It on Pizza

Ham is a great pizza topping. Pair it with pineapple and onions for a Hawaiian pizza, or use it with your favourite vegetables for your own signature pizza.

You can even make up a bunch of pizzas and put them in the freezer for nights you don't feel like cooking. It's way cheaper than having pizza delivered!

Slow cooker tomato lentil and ham soup.
Slow cooker tomato lentil and ham soup. | Source

3. Make a Ham Soup

There are a variety of soup recipes that incorporate cooked ham. If you have a lot of ham, you can chop it up and make a big pot of soup to freeze in individual containers for future lunches. If you're just trying to use up a small amount of ham, you can toss a handful into a potato soup for a nice change.

Here are a couple of ham soup recipes to get you started:

Broccoli Ham Quiche Recipe

4. Make a Quiche

Chopped ham makes a wonderful addition to a variety of quiches. Quiche is a quick and easy meal that works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Some popular combinations using ham are:

  • Ham and cheese
  • Asparagus and ham
  • Broccoli and ham

5. Use Ham in Casseroles

There are lots of possibilities for using up leftover ham in a variety of casseroles. You can eat the casseroles right away, or keep them in your freezer for future meals.

6. Add Some Ham to Your Eggs

Ham and eggs complement each other very well. Make a ham and cheese omelette for a tasty breakfast or lunch, or add some chopped ham to your scrambled eggs.

Or, for something different, try making a frittata with ham. Serve it with a salad for a simple light meal.

7. Use Ham in Pasta Recipes

There's a lot of different pasta recipes that use ham. Here are a couple to try:

If you don't want to follow a recipe, you can just add some chopped ham to your favourite mac and cheese or pasta salad.

8. Put Some in Crepes

Savoury crepes are a wonderful meal at any time of day. These Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes from Betty Crocker would be a delicious way to use up some of your leftover ham. These Asparagus Ham Crepes from Taste of Home look good too!

9. Make a Sandwich

It may be predictable, but ham sandwiches don't have to be boring. Sure you can go old school and slap some ham and cheese between some white bread and call it a sandwich, but you can do so much more to turn it into something closer to a gourmet meal.

Try mixing up your ingredients a bit. Use buns, wraps, bagels or fancy breads, interesting cheeses, a variety of vegetables and spicy mustard or other condiments for a sandwich to remember.

Here are a couple of delicious ham sandwich recipes you can try:

10. Freeze It for Later

If you've just had enough ham, and don't want to try any other variations to use up the leftovers, you can put it in your freezer for a month or two down the road. Just wrap it well, put it in freezer bags or a freezer-safe container and forget about it for now.

I like to chop up a lot of the ham I'm freezing, and store it in smaller freezer bags so that I can take out smaller quantities for use in soups, pizza, omelettes and more. You can also freeze it in larger chunks or slices, depending on how you expect to be using it in the future.

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      6 years ago

      Soup and pizza!

    • savingkathy profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Sima 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks everyone for the great comments. Sorry to be so late in responding... life has been a little crazy lately. I'm glad to hear that you found these suggestions helpful!

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      Katee Shew 

      7 years ago from Canada

      It looks like I'm in the majority: I use leftover ham to make sandwiches! We normally only eat ham at family holidays and are always looking for things to do with our leftovers. This hub is perfect for ideas! thanks :)

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      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      Aside from incorporating ham into sandwiches, I have also been using ham for pizzas. Yes, it's way cheaper than store-bought pizzas especially if you've got a lot of hams and other leftover foodstuffs suitable for toppings. Thanks for your other tips. Up and useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great round up of ideas! There is something here for everyone.

    • Natashalh profile image


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      So timely! I think lots of folks will be eating plenty of ham in the next week =)

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      The Chewy Mommy 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas. I have a fridge full of ham that I will be experimenting with all week!

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      Kevina Oyatedor 

      7 years ago

      With leftover ham, I use it in my sandwich or my pasta. Great suggestions. I would like to try it with crepes.

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      Theresa Ast 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful suggestions, and like you I discovered that ham does freeze well for later. Great Hub. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What great ideas! I never thought about using l/o ham as a pizza topping. Throw in some green peppers and pineapple slices, and have a good Hawaiian pizza. Voted awesome and shared!


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