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The best leftover ham recipes!

The uses for leftover ham are endless, it’s perfect for any meal of the day from breakfast to dinner and reheats beautifully! Below are our favorite ham recipes, from soups and chowders to casseroles and sandwiches!

Baked ham is one of our favorite holiday dishes for Easter, Christmas and beyond! My kids much prefer the turkey glazed ham and I love that it’s so easy to make! Ham requires very little prep work (especially if you’re cooking a spiral ham) and while we love a ham, we almost love leftovers more!

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What to do with leftover ham

Wondering what to do with leftover ham? Below are our favorite leftover ham ideas for the days after the big feast!

To reheat leftover ham: One of the best parts of a big meal (like a cooked ham dinner) is that you don’t have to cook for a few days afterwards! We start by reheating the remaining slices of ham and eating them as is. Reheat leftover ham covered in a 325°F oven (I usually add about 1/2 cup broth to keep it moist) until heated through. This will vary depending on how your ham is cut (and how much ham is in your dish), but slicing will take about 25 minutes or so. Keep in mind that your ham is already cooked, so you just want to heat it up, not cook it!

If you have it for breakfast, you can also heat the slices of ham in a pan with a little oil or butter. Top with poached eggs and voila!

As to what to do with the leftover ham… it is ideal for ham soups or for making a tasty ham broth.

How to store leftover ham

How long does cooked ham last? It will last a few days in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer. I pack it in 1 cup portions to make it easy to use in recipes! If you have a ham bone it makes great soups and I usually put it in the freezer and then use it straight from frozen!

Fridge: Leftover cooked ham (spiral or other) will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. (This also includes leftover sandwich meat ham once opened). If you want to keep it longer, I advise you to freeze it.

Freezer: Leftover ham should be well sealed (vacuum sealed is best if you have a sealer) and leftovers can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Main course recipes

Ham is great in almost any soup, stew, and casserole in place of chicken or other protein. We love adding it to pasta, rice casseroles or other dishes for a savory smoky taste!

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Salads, sandwiches and sliders

The great thing about leftover ham is that it can be eaten hot or cold, sliced, diced or chopped. Everything is fine! Top it on a salad, add it to your favorite pasta salad recipe, sandwich it in the middle of your favorite grilled cheese. The possibilities are limitless!

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Soups and Chowders

Using your ham bone to make broth adds so much flavor! We usually choose a good bone-in ham just for this reason! Leftover diced ham holds up well in the slow cooker and is a tasty addition to soups and stews! It pairs well with sweet vegetables like corn and sweet potatoes and adds great flavor to cream or potato based soups!

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To eat lunch

Ham is a great addition to breakfast recipes because it’s leaner than sausage or bacon and adds a delicious smoky flavor!

10 easier ways to use up leftover ham

Ham is such an easy-to-use protein, so let your imagination be your guide! You can use it in countless recipes to replace ground chicken or beef. It also makes great sandwiches or is perfect for snacking on its own!

  1. Add it in place of chicken in a quick fried rice recipe!
  2. Cut the rest of the ham into small pieces and add it to the cooked peas with butter.
  3. Add diced ham to scrambled eggs or omelettes.
  4. Substitute chicken in your favorite chicken pot pie recipe.
  5. Serve a simple ham sandwich by frying the ham and putting on toast with cheddar cheese and mustard.
  6. Top your favorite pizza crust with ham (or add it to a frozen pizza).
  7. Decorate your favorite baked potatoes with butter, sour cream, cheddar and ham for an easy meal!
  8. Add ham and cheddar cheese to homemade cookies and serve hot with butter.
  9. Add ham to almost any pasta or macaroni salad recipe!
  10. Chop it up and add it to mashed potatoes or mashed potato cakes

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