30+ Leftover Ham Recipes You'll Love
Ever wonder what to do with leftover ham? We have the answers: Layer it with cheese in a sandwich (check out our Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches), mix it into a soothing soup (Ham, Kale, and White Bean Soup, anyone?), or use it to whip up a quick breakfast (like this Easy Vegetable-Ham Frittata). Our 30 best recipes using leftover ham will make the day (days?) after the holiday a cinch.
Our classic, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits are pretty much perfect on their own, but they make great sandwiches too. Creole Mayonnaise, Chive-Radish Compound Butter, Spicy Orange-Peach Butter, and Pecan Cheese Spread are our newest spreadable recipes that you’ll love for these biscuits, but whether jelly, jam, mayo, or mustard, you can’t go wrong topping this timeless biscuit recipe. These biscuits can be cut and frozen up to two weeks in advance: Freeze the dough solid on the baking sheet, then store in a ziplock plastic bag in the freezer. Bake frozen biscuits at 450°F for 12 to 14 minutes.
Pumpkin-Buttermilk Biscuits with Crispy Ham and Honey Butter
Pumpkin gives these light and flaky biscuits a pretty orange hue and an earthy flavor that pairs well with honey butter and salty country ham. Be sure to use pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced.
Field Peas, Corn, and Okra in Country-Ham Cream
This comforting skillet supper makes a great summertime meal, when field peas, corn, and okra are in season--but the magic of flash-frozen veggies means you can enjoy this dish even in the dead of winter. The country-ham cream, a light yet luxurious sauce, will have you licking your plate. Serve alongside some skillet cornbread and you’ll have a meal to remember.
Gnocchi Gratin with Ham and Peas
You'll love the flavor of this simple gratin. Gruyère is an aged Swiss cheese with a firm texture and sweet, slightly nutty flavor. If you can’t find Gruyère, Comté, Appenzeller, and Emmenthaler are in the same cheese family and good substitutes. This dish is easy to make-ahead. Simply prep the unbaked gratin up to two days ahead and store in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, bake as directed.
Nobody complains about eating leftovers when these are on the menu. Addictively crunchy, these crispy, cheesy croquettes make a great dinner or an afternoon snack. To make them gluten-free, substitute gluten-free baking mix for the all-purpose flour and use gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Ham, Kale, and White Bean Soup
The water used to cook a pot of beans is really liquid gold, infused with aromatics and thickened with starch from the beans. It makes perfect sense to give the cooking liquid a second life as the broth for the soup (and save the trouble of rinsing and draining). The ham hock will season the broth and the beans as they cook; you won’t need additional salt once they are done. Instead of cooking the kale and carrots in the soup, give them a quick sauté and stir them in at the end so they retain their vibrancy.
Ham Bone Soup
Ham And Potato Soup
Easy Vegetable-Ham Frittata
Ham Biscuit Casserole
Hearty Ham and Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
Outmaneuver your morning fast-food cravings with these savory grab-and-go breakfast muffins. Leftover ham comes to the rescue with day-sustaining protein; equal parts cornmeal and flour yield a not-so-bread-y muffin with a perfect tender crumb. Make a batch of these on the weekend and save the leftovers for breakfast all week long.
Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Country Ham Hash
Get a head start on this side dish by chopping all of the vegetables a day in advance. Store the potato cubes in water to prevent browning, and pat them dry with paper towels before adding them to the skillet so they will cook up nice and crisp.
A pan of cornbread is the perfect companion to this comforting and rich Southern-style recipe.
Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough Sandwiches
Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches
Ham and Dijon Grilled Cheese
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
When cooked low and slow, the tender ham hocks completely fall apart and infuse the collard greens with a savory, smoky flavor. Carefully remove the hocks before serving to make sure no bones remain. Bonus: Greens and pork are both considering lucky for the new year, making this dish the perfect way to say goodbye to leftover ham and say hello to New Year's Day.
Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese
Country Ham and Shrimp Grits
Ham and Sweet Potato Hash
Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Pasta Primavera with Ham and Mushrooms
Once the holiday rush is over, reach for this comforting one-dish pasta recipe. It's hard to beat pasta primavera. But it's even harder to beat a 20-minute pasta primavera that only requires one skillet. Use a frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot mix to save time and add color, texture, and nutrition.
Ham and Cheese Pizza
Pizza night gives ham another lease on life. Sweet, crisp Fuji apple provides a great balance to the rich, gooey cheese and savory ham, and everyone knows there's no better place to slip in some extra leafy greens than on a pizza. To get julienne-cut apple pieces, cut into thin slices; then stack and cut lengthwise into matchsticks.
Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake
This impressive-looking casserole bakes up puffy and golden with pockets of fresh corn and savory ham. Think of it as a soufflé without the work. If fresh corn isn't in season, use frozen corn. While using two types of Cheddar cheese might seem fussy, it's not. The extra-sharp adds more tang and the sharp Cheddar cheese balances this. And, hey, more cheese, less problems. Right?
Ham and Cheddar Potato Skins
We took this traditionally high-fat nibble and gave it a CarbLovers makeover. Using smaller potatoes keeps these bites portion-controlled.
French Onion Soup With Ham
Classic French onion soup gets a tasty upgrade with leftover ham. Though you might be tempted to add a little sugar to speed up the caramelization of the onions, resist; there are few culinary delights that equal the rich savory-sweet balance of slowly caramelized onions. A dash of sherry cuts through the rich soup with just the right amount of tang.
Avocado Toad-in-a-Hole with Ham and Salsa Verde
Makeover your breakfast routine with these delicious low-carb stuffed avocados. Topping with diced leftover ham adds just the right amount of smoky goodness.