40+ Easy Leftover Ham Recipes for the Week Ahead
When it comes to holiday hams, there are always, always leftovers. Yes, even if you’ve done your research on how to cook a ham and made estimates based on how many people you’re feeding. And, honestly, leftover ham dishes can be even tastier than the centerpiece itself. It might be a little disappointing if we didn’t have at least some leftover ham for future use, especially since most of us only buy a whole ham once or twice a year.
There are plenty of ways — big and small — that we all can use leftover ham, now and later. Here are more over 40 of the best recipes for using up leftover ham, plus advice on freezing and storing it.
3 Ways to Freeze Ham
Ham freezes incredibly well. Our suggestion? Freeze the ham in different forms depending on how you’ll use it:
- For soups and salads, cube ham for soups and salads. This also works well if you’re going to make Ham and Cheddar Muffins.
- For sandwiches, calzones, and roll-ups, thinly slice ham.
- For cooking with vegetables like green beans or collard greens, cut thick slices of ham.
How Long Does Leftover Ham Last?
Fully cooked hams last for up to a week in their vacuum-sealed packaging. Once reheated, ham is best within three to four days of cooking. Frozen ham lasts one to two months.
Breakfast Recipes with Ham
There are more than a few ways to use ham outside of an omelet for breakfast. A few of these recipes, including the breakfast sandwiches, can be prepped and frozen for future meals.
Sandwiches with Ham
Thinly sliced and smeared with mustard, ham sandwiches are a classic way to use leftovers! These sandwiches use up both sliced and cubed ham, and include make-ahead options as well as warm-pressed sandwiches.
Soups with Ham
This is the biggest boon of making a bone-in holiday ham! A good bone perfumes pots of beans and soups of every kind, not just split pea! And it’s easy to use. In most cases, you simply toss it in to the beans or the stock, and as the dish cooks, it absorbs the bone’s meaty flavor — as well as any small bits of meat still clinging on.
Dinner Recipes with Ham
I relish the chance to make split pea soup after Easter, but if that’s not your thing, ham bones are delicious for seasoning greens. Just use them in place of the hock. And the rest of the ham can fill chicken roll-ups, get turned into rarebit, or top biscuits.
Casseroles with Ham
Pair ham with eggs, cheese, and stale bread, and you magically have a sturdy dinner or breakfast to feed a small crowd.