37 Ways to Use the Rest of That Leftover Ham
There's so much we can make besides fried rice or ham sandwiches (but those are great, too).
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-bready muffin with a perfect tender crumb. Make a batch of these on the weekend and save the leftovers for breakfast all week long.
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.
Veggie Fried Rice with Crispy Ham
Full on flavor and not too high in calories, ham can bring a whole new dimension of flavor to meals. Be creative when adding ham to recipes, a little goes a long way. Thin slices or small dices can easily be spread throughout a dish for that umami flavor without over doing it on the sodium levels.
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.
Summer Melon and Ham Salad with Burrata and Chile
"This is an obvious play on melon wedges wrapped in prosciutto," Christensen says. "Here the melon is sliced to the same thickness as the ham. Instead of 'making melon taste good,' it puts two beautiful things in balance. I love the balance of the musky fruit with the salty-sweet ham and the creaminess of the burrata cheese (you can sub fresh mozzarella). You have a lot of strong flavors at play, and the cheese sets the canvas for the whole thing.”
Ham and Gruyère Belgian Waffles with Sautéed Pears
While traditional Belgian waffles are made with yeast, we use beaten egg whites to give these salty-sweet waffles their light, airy texture and crispy exterior. Sweet delicious pears top this breakfast beauty for a tasty touch of fall.
Fiery Avocado and Ham
This protein-packed snack is a handy way to fuel up while you're on the go. Pack individual bags of ham and avocado, and grab one as you head out the door for work, the gym, or the market.
Savory Bread Puddings with Ham and Cheddar
Bread pudding becomes a main dish inspired by the flavors of a loaded baked potato. Preparing the puddings in individual ramekins gives them a dressier feel and shortens cook time.
Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
A few special ingredients—like freshly baked ciabatta bread or imported Dijon mustard—make a quick, simple sandwich seem like a restaurant treat for a midday meal.
Fig, Ham, and Ricotta Pizza
Ricotta cheese is dreamy and our homemade version is simply the best you'll ever taste. It's silky and creamy, milky and slightly sweet, moist and never grainy. The cheese is delicious eaten by the spoonful, and once you've had your fill of it unadorned, you can turn it into an array of dishes that are as healthful as they are delectable.
Thinned out a little and made creamier, ricotta can be used as both the sauce and the cheese for pizzas and flatbreads. Top pizza dough with a ricotta cheese mixture, figs, onion, and ham to make this quick weeknight meal.
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.
Grilled Ham and Pineapple Pizza
Both children and adults will love the flavor of this homemade pizza. Grilling the ham gives it a nice smoky flavor, and the pineapple adds sweetness.
Savory Buckwheat Crepes with Ham and Mornay Sauce
Use a younger Gruyère rather than well-aged cheese to help prevent the sauce from breaking. View Recipe: Savory Buckwheat Crepes with Ham and Mornay Sauce
Ham and Veggie Fried Rice
Tossing in frozen green peas at the end of cooking keeps them bright and lively.
Ham, Collard Greens, and Egg Noodle Bowl
Egg noodles, smoked ham, chopped veggies, and collard greens combine with chicken broth for a hearty meal. Make sure to simmer the greens until crunchy-tender and no more than that, especially if you plan to reheat the soup for another meal.
Spinach and Ham Stuffed Potatoes
Time: 30 minutes
Prep Pointer: Cut one-third off each potato to scoop out and stuff more easily. For a flavor swap, sub 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken breast for the ham.
Serve with Apple and Almond Salad: Combine 1½ tablespoons olive oil, 1½ tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 6 cups mixed spring greens, ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds, and 1 thinly sliced medium apple. Toss to coat. SERVES 4 (serving size: 1½ cups) CALORIES 110; FAT 8g (sat 0.9g); SODIUM 120mg
Split Pea Soup with Ham
Although a favorite across the nation, this dish was introduced to the U.S. by early English settlers. This recipe omits the salty ham hock, but adds smoked paprika for extra smoky flavor.
Grilled Ham, Chicken, and Gruyère Sandwiches
This ham and chicken sandwich is ready to devour in no time. Enjoy with fresh fruit or a simple green salad for a quick and delicious meal.
Ham, Gruyère, and Onion Stuffing
This recipe brings a hearty dose of comfort food to an already-classic side dish.
Grilled Turkey and Ham Sandwiches
Update sandwich night with a hearty grilled stacker loaded with turkey, ham, veggies, and a Dijon spread.
Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches
This delicious handheld breakfast will get the kids going in the morning and out the door without delay. Warm and savory, it will truly start the day off right.
Sweet Potato, Leek, and Ham Soup
Pureed in a blender, this creamy soup spells comfort in a bowl. Though it tastes like slow food, it comes together in a flash thanks to pre-chopped sweet potato and cooked ham.
Ham, Cheese, and Apple Panini
If you don’t have a panini press, you can make these easy sandwiches in a nonstick skillet, much like you make grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ham and Cheese Corn Muffins
These savory muffins are great for breakfast on the go or served with a rustic soup or stew. Whole kernal corn and diced ham are the stars here.
Grilled Ham, Muenster, and Spinach Sandwiches
Mild Muenster cheese is too often overlooked; it’s great for sandwiches, burgers, omelets, or just plain snacking. It matches well with thinly sliced ham, fresh spinach, and sweet-and-tangy chowchow in these crusty-breaded sandwiches.
Mexican Ham and Bean Soup
This filling soup makes good use of leftover ham. Pair with fresh bread for a complete meal.
Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
You don't need a fancy machine to make a panini, just two skillets and about six minutes. This preparation, with sharp mustard and balsamic vinegar to balance the creaminess of the cheese, can be made with turkey, roast beef, or just about any cold cut instead of ham, and your favorite sliced cheese in place of the mozzarella.
Ham and Cheese Tartines with Cherokee Purple Tomato Salad
The spicy red-wine flavor of Cherokee Purple tomatoes matches perfectly with the Spanish cheese and ham on the open-faced tartines. This dish makes for an easy and elegant lunch you can make ahead and take to work or on a picnic, and contains only 269 calories per serving.
Corn Bread Shortcake with Ham and Fresh Peach Salsa
This recipe elevates the down-home Southern flavor of corn bread and smoked ham into haute cuisine with a sweet-savory salsa. Impress your guests with an elegant plate presentation, but keep some extra salsa for yourself to eat with any kind of grilled meat, or, heck, plain old tortilla chips.
Ham and Cheese Scones
These savory scones are perfect paired with a salad or soup for a light meal.
Ham and Egg Fried Rice
Fried rice has the best texture when prepared with cold cooked rice, making it an ideal use for leftovers. Tiny rounds of thinly sliced green beans add flecks of color and crunch.
Ham and Asparagus Frittata
Bacon, Gruyère, and Ham Strata
This casserole is easy to prepare, especially if you purchase diced ham from your supermarket. Gruyère is a type of Swiss cheese. Its sweet nuttiness enhances this dish, though you can substitute Edam, Gouda, or even cheddar cheese.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Garlic
Ham and Mushroom Quesadillas
Serve these non-traditional quesadillas with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole. Flip them gently so that the filling stays inside. You can keep the quesadillas warm by placing them in the oven at the lowest setting.
Ham and Gruyère Potato Gratin
We prefer the richness of Gruyère for this gratin, but you can also substitute any type of Swiss cheese. Try a mandoline or the slicing blade of a food processor to create uniformly thin potato slices. You can use a skewer to check the tenderness of the potatoes as the gratin bakes.
Ham and Cheese Hash Browns
This recipe resembles a hearty potato hash and is a great use for leftover ham. Cooked entirely in the microwave, it's ready to eat in less than 15 minutes, so pair it with fresh fruit or a salad for a truly effortless dinner.
Warm Lentil-Ham Salad with Dijon Cream
You can serve this main-dish salad at room temperature or chilled.