One of the very best things about holidays are the leftovers, am I right? For days afterward, you can eat those tasty dishes over and over. But…then you get a little tired of the same thing.
I mean, how many times can you eat ham?
But here’s the solution! See, you just need to repurpose the ham, and transform it into tasty casseroles, pasta recipes, soups, and sandwiches.
Here are 59 ideas for what to do with leftover ham. These ham recipes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you have holiday guests staying with you, they will be so amazed at all the ways you can spruce up some ham.
So please take all that ham that’s left after Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving dinner, and make it delicious again!
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Before we dive into the best ways to use leftover ham, we’ll have a quick lesson in proper ham management.
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How long is leftover ham good for?
In the refrigerator, ham stays good for up to a week. To store cooked ham properly, just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, foil, or in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
Can you freeze leftover ham?
Absolutely! Ham keeps beautifully in the freezer for 2 months. Even longer if you preserve it with a Foodsaver.
You can save your future self time, and freeze it in the portion sizes you’ll be using it in later.
You can store it sliced or diced, or however you think you’ll be cooking with it.
The frugal side of me can’t help but chime in to remind you that ham is deeply discounted around the major holidays. Consider buying an extra one or two when it’s way on sale, and save it for future tasty, cheap meals.
Okay, let’s check out some scrumptious uses for all that leftover ham!
Baked Denver Omelet – Cooking Classy
Ham Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Pizza – Delish
Ham and Cheddar Zucchini Frittata – The Recipe Critic
Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Casserole – Plain Chicken
Cowboy Quiche – Pioneer Woman
Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches – Flying on Jess Fuel
Overnight Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas – The Girl Who Ate Everything
Ham and Cheese Waffles – Chocolate Moosey
Sweet Potato Hash with Ham – Dinner at the Zoo
Breakfast Cornbread Casserole – Food Network
Potato, Ham, and Cheese Crescent Quiches – Mom on Time Out
Microwave Ham and Potato Hash – My Recipes
Soups & Salads:
Maurice Salad – Natures Yoke
Leftover Ham Cobb Salad – Damn Delicious
Italian Ham Pasta Salad – Sarah Titus
Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham Chowder – The Chunky Chef
Ham and Corn Chowder – Spend With Pennies
Ham and Tortellini Soup – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Split Pea with Ham Soup – My Recipes
Mexican Ham and Bean Soup – My Recipes
Chicken, Ham, and Wild Rice Soup – The Gunny Sack
Ham and Cheese Baked Sliders – Andrea Dekker
Ham and Mushroom Quesadilla – My Recipes
Ham and Swiss Stromboli – The Girl Who Ate Everything
Deviled Ham Spread – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Ham and Egg Salad – Plain Chicken
Grilled Turkey and Ham Sandwich – My Recipes
Waffle Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches – Food Network
Monte Cristo Sandwich – She Wears Many Hats
French Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Brown Sugar Papa
Ham and Cheese Croissants with Honey Mustard Glaze – Kitchen Sanctuary
Ham Casseroles (and other dinner ideas):
Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole – I Wash You Dry
Crock Pot Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Casserole – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Ham Fried Rice – My Recipes
Savory Bread Pudding – My Recipes
Shrimp and Ham Jambalaya – Food Network
BBQ Ham and Pineapple Kabobs – Goodness Gracious
Ham Pot Pie – Cooking with Krista
Mashed Potato Pie with Ham, Peas, Cheese, and Chives – The English Kitchen
Ham and Tator Tot Casserole – The Southern Lady Cooks
Ham Pasta Recipes:
Ham and Cheese Tortellini – Delish
Peas, Ham, and Creamy Noodles – Kevin and Amanda
Ham and Penne Skillet – Julie’s Eats and Treats
Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Ham – Flamingo Toes
Ham and Cheese Lasagna – The Kitchen is My Playground
Ham Side Dish Ideas:
Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Ham – Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Spinach and Ham Stuffed Baked Potatoes – My Recipes
Ham and Cheese Drop Biscuits – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Funeral Potatoes with Ham – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Hearty Ham and Cheddar Cornbread Muffins – Cooking Light
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Ham and Garlic – My Recipes
Leftover Ham and Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes – The Seasoned Mom
Related: 51 Cheap Easy Side Dishes for Dinner
Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipes:
Since nothing transforms leftover ham quite like chicken cordon bleu, it deserves its own category!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Quesadillas – Delish
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Casserole – Spicy Southern Kitchen
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Pasta Bake – Lovely Little Kitchen
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Soup – Spend With Pennies
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Pizza – Recipes, Food, and Cooking
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls – Mom on Time Out
Chicken Cordon Bleu Cups – High Heels and Grills
Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna – The Girl Who Ate Everything
I hope this list of delicious recipes gave you inspiration for all the uses for leftover ham. It can really be repurposed into so many totally different meals!
Check out these other helpful meal idea posts:
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- 30 Delicious Ways to Use a Pound of Ground Beef
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