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Don't Toss That Leftover Ham!
A ham that's all decked out for the holidays is a sight to behold, but it's challenging to make the leftovers just as appetizing. If you're ready to think outside the usual "split pea soup" box, try slipping that ham into fried rice, vegetable sides, casseroles, vegetable soup, or quiche.
Grilled Apricots with Burrata, Country Ham and ArugulaDepending on the season, Travis Lett also makes this salad with plums, peaches and pears.
Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches with Strawberry-Shallot Jam
Use roasted turkey instead of ham, if you prefer.
Spinach and Ham Stuffed Baked PotatoesStuffed potatoes are a delicious, easy way to bring a hearty dinner to the table and use up leftover ham and veggies. Pair with a salad for an easy weeknight dinner.
Fig, Ham, and Ricotta Pizza
Top pizza dough with a ricotta cheese mixture, figs, onion, and ham to make this pizza.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Ham and PeasThis easy pasta dish is loaded with flavor and perfect for spring weather.
Ham-and-Swiss-Loaded PotatoesStuffed with chunks of Swiss cheese, ham, scallions, and sour cream, these nifty little spuds can be put together at the last moment for a quick weeknight supper featuring leftover ham. Potatoes bake in the microwave and then crisp up under the broiler.
Asparagus-and-Ham CasseroleThis speedy casserole is pure comfort food and needs only 10 minutes to bake. That's because most of the prep work (cooking pasta and making a light cream sauce) is done on the stovetop. Simply bake to brown the breadcrumbs and make the filling bubbly.
Ham-and-Bacon QuicheReal men will definitely eat this quiche because it's loaded with all kinds of tasty ingredients: ham, bacon, mushrooms, cheese and cream. But the best part of the deal is that using refrigerated pie crust keeps prep time to just 20 minutes.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ham and GarlicIf you don't already love Brussels sprouts, this is the recipe that will change your mind. That's because roasting these tiny little cabbages brings out their inherent sweetness and softens their bold personality. Try it -- you'll like it.
Ham Fried RiceThis simple stir fry is the kind of meal you'll find yourself wanting to make over and over again when you're trying to use up leftovers. It not only works well with ham, but also with chicken or a fridge full of leftover veggies.
Ham and Vegetable SoupAll you need is 20 minutes to put together this hearty soup made with leftover ham, bacon, and six different fresh vegetables. While the soup simmers for 30 minutes, warm up some crusty bread and throw together a quick salad.
Ham and Swiss Bread PuddingHawaiian rolls give this savory bread pudding a hint of sweetness that nicely offsets the salty ham. To save time, toast rolls the day before. That keeps assembly time quick so you can put up your feet while the savory dish bubbles and bakes.
Cheesy Ham and Mushroom Pasta"My mom is a great cook, and she inspires me to create delicious recipes, like this one."
Jennifer Kriegel, 27, Framingham, Mass.
Capricciosa Pizza (Ham, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Artichokes)Ca' Momi, a bustling restaurant in Napa, California, is known for its rigorously authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. This one--its name translates as "capricious"--can be found throughout pizzerias in Italy, says Dario De Conti, the restaurant's head pizza maker and co-owner.
Waffled Gruyère & Ham GritsMake the ultimate leftovers brunch. Invite friends if you feel like sharing.
Green Eggs and Ham FrittataGrab all the leftover veggies in your fridge to add flavor to this easy frittata.
Crispy Rice with Ham and Bean Sprouts
Toasting half the rice in this recipe yields warmth and crunch that takes this ultra-comforting 5-ingredient entrée from ordinary to exceptional. For an added kick, serve with a drizzle of Sriracha.
Smoky Ham and Split Pea Soup
Potatoes contribute starchiness and silky thickness, while sweet carrots and salty ham balance out the peas' light, earthy flavor. Leftovers fare well in the freezer, so say hello to your new favorite make-ahead soup. Garnish with parsley and additional pepper, if desired.
Veggie Fried Rice with Crispy Ham
For this quick family dinner, a small amount of salty ham is crisped and used as a topping. That way you can use far less and still get a big flavor impact.
Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham, Leeks and PeasA box of pasta, fresh veggies and some leftover deli ham is all you need to make Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham, Leeks and Peas. This family-pleasing meal is table-ready in just under 30 minutes.
Braised Beans with Collard Greens and HamSmoked ham hocks are inexpensive and give the dish rich flavor; substitute with ham steak if you prefer. This dish defines easy, relaxed cooking, so don't stress over measurements.
Ham-and-Greens CrostiniCreamy and salty Ham-and-Greens Crostini takes its inspiration from a classic Southern dish. To make ahead, refrigerate cooked greens up to two days. The base is an easy French bread Crostini.
Country-Ham-and-Egg ToastsCarolyn says: "I think the tartine, an open-faced sandwich from France, is the most versatile vehicle for a healthy breakfast. Try topping with everything from poached eggs to leftover chicken."
Ham, Gruyère and Spinach StrataWhip up Ham, Gruyère and Spinach Strata for a filling breakfast or brunch dish. It's a great dish for using leftover holiday ham.
Brussels Sprouts with HamDressed with mustard and sour cream, our Brussels Sprouts with Ham takes this veggie salad to new levels.
Ham-and-Swiss Sticky BunsStuff the dough deep into the muffin cups so that the tops rise into a cheesy dome while baking.
Rice and Ham Croquettes with Tomato SauceThese ham-studded rice fritters are the Lowcountry version of Italian arancini.
Ham and Cheese TartineThis lean snack of Ham and Cheese Tartine satisfies your craving for something savory. Pick pumpernickel bread as the base for this snack as it has resistant starch, a fat-burning carb.
Hawaiian Ham SandwichesWith the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors, these Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Serve them during the holidays or during a football party–they are great for any occasion.
Get Creative With Leftover Ham