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30 Delicious Recipes to Use Up Leftover Ham

updated Mar 26, 2024
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When it comes to holiday hams, whether it’s a Bourbon-Glazed Ham or a Copycat Honey Baked Ham, 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.

But honestly, leftover ham dishes can be even tastier than the centerpiece itself. There are plenty of ways — big and small — that we all can use leftover ham, now and later. Here are 30 of the best recipes for using up leftover ham for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast Recipes with Ham

There are more than a few ways to use ham outside of an omelet for breakfast. And some of these recipes, including the breakfast sandwiches, can be prepped and frozen for future meals.

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Frittata

Add some leftover chopped ham and whatever veggies and cheese you have in the crisper in a skillet for an easy frittata for breakfast or weekend brunch.

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Make-Ahead Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches

Layered with scrambled eggs, ham, cheese, and Dijon, these croissant breakfast sandwiches can be made in advance and frozen for an easy weekday breakfast.

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Cheesy Denver Breakfast Casserole

An easy-assembly, crowd-feeding breakfast casserole loaded with the works: cheddar cheese, diced ham, bell pepper, shredded potatoes, and eggs.

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Hammy Breakfast Hotdish

Molly Yeh's hammy breakfast hotdish is cheesy, creamy, and topped with tater tots. This recipe is a great vehicle for leftover holiday ham.

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

A classic ham and cheese quiche that only requires five ingredients.

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Breakfast Hand Pies

These BEC hand pies call for bacon, but leftover ham makes a great substitute.

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Sweet Potato Biscuits with Ham

Pair leftover ham with Toni Tipton-Martin's buttery, cinnamon-scented sweet potato biscuits and salted honey butter.

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Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

This is your classic ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich reimagined into a freezer-friendly quesadilla.

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Baked Denver Omelet

Chop up about a cup and a half of leftover ham for this omelet-inspired casserole.

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Caramelized Onion, Ham, and Provolone Breakfast Bread Pudding

Here's a fancy (yet super-easy!) upgrade to the classic ham and cheese breakfast casserole, starting with sourdough soaked in a velvety custard that’s laced with rich caramelized onions, bits of ham, and sharp provolone cheese.

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Soups and Sandwiches with Ham

Soups and sandwiches are the best way to use a holiday ham! Ham bone infuses so much flavor into soups of every kind, not just split pea. And ham sandwiches are a classic way to use leftovers, especially when paired with soup.

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Ham and Bean Soup

All you need is a couple cans of beans, some broth, basic vegetables, and leftover ham to pull together a pot of this comforting soup.

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

These tasty sliders have it all: sweet slices of ham, irresistibly gooey Swiss cheese, squishy Hawaiian rolls, and a savory butter drizzled over top.

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Ham and Potato Soup

Turn leftover ham into a cozy bowl of creamy, comforting goodness.

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Croque Monsieur

A classic French sandwich made with creamy bechamel, Gruyere cheese and sliced ham that toasted until golden brown and melty.

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Split Pea Soup

Diced ham is a natural fit in this classic hearty soup.

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Monte Cristo Sandwich

Imagine the most delicious mash-up of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and a decadent stack of buttery French toast. You’d have tender-crisp, custardy bread stuffed with sweet ham and gooey Gruyère cheese that oozes with every bite.

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Classic Navy Bean Soup

Add this old-time classic to your go-to soups. If you’d like to make your soup creamier, mash some of the beans with a potato masher or fork against the inside of the pot.

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Cabbage Soup

Veggie-packed cabbage soup is kissed with tomatoes and mixed with white beans for a little oomph. This comforting soup manages to be both wonderfully hearty, yet fresh at the same time. Add a leftover ham to give it a flavor boost.

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Easy Slow Cooker Bean Soup

Diced ham will add a ton of flavor to this hearty slow cooker soup.

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Cuban Black Bean Soup

This soup does not disappoint. It has the depth of flavor that hearty black beans develop as they cook, slowly.

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Cuban Sandwich

This authentic Cuban sandwich is made with ham, roast pork, cheese, and dill pickles on Cuban bread.

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Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup

This slow-cooker soup ekes out every last bit of flavor from the leftover ham and ham bone.

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Dinner Recipes with Ham

Diced ham can be added to fried rice, noodles, and hearty casseroles for a tasty dinner the whole family will love.

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Ham and Potato Casserole

This rich combination of ham and potatoes in a creamy cheese sauce is comfort food in a casserole dish.

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Better-Than-Grandma’s Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

A classic recipe for creamy scalloped potatoes with ham that can be made with or without cheese.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

This leftover-friendly recipe turns this classic chicken dish into a cheesy casserole.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice with Ham and Egg

Riced cauliflower makes a tasty substitute for regular rice in this quick and easy fried rice.

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Egg Foo Young

This Chinese American classic is the ultimate comfort food. Diced leftover ham is a great addition.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

With crispy breaded chicken, salty ham, and melty cheese, this dish is perfectly retro.

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Taiwanese Cold Noodles

Full of crunchy textures and bursting flavors, these Taiwanese cold noodles take under 30 minutes to make.

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Ham, Asparagus & Gruyère Tart

Flaky puff pastry makes this simple spring tart, topped with ham, asparagus, and Gruyère feel especially fancy.

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