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Don’t let that leftover ham go to waste! It’s pre-cooked, easy to store, and easy to reheat. Whip up casseroles, soup, sandwiches, and even ham hash for breakfast with ease with these best leftover ham recipes.
A holiday ham is a pretty large main dish, which is great because it can feed a ton of guests at Christmas and Easter. If the leftovers have you wondering, “what can I make with leftover ham?” you’re not alone! Try a ham hash (recipe below) for breakfast, or a ham and noodle casserole for dinner. Or make ham salad sandwiches for something a little different.Pin this recipe for later!
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How to Store Leftover Ham
First, let it cool completely, then slice off the bone. If it’s a boneless ham, you can just cut it into slices or chunks, depending on how you plan to use it. Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you have a ham bone leftover, wrap it up and save it in the freezer for making soup.
Fully cooked ham will remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you don’t plan on eating it in that timeframe, I recommend freezing it.
Absolutely! Ham actually freezes quite well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil, then place in a freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible to avoid freezer burn. Freeze for up to 6 months.
Casseroles and One Pots
I love casseroles because they are basically a dish that you just have to assemble and bake. One Pot recipes are basically the same as a casserole, just on the stove. Either way, these ham casserole and one pot recipes are amazing! Plus they’re total comfort food.
Easy One Pot Ham Fried Rice
Cheesy Leftover Ham Casserole
Ham and Cheese Potato Croquettes
One Pot Ham & Cheese Tortellini
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Baked Ham Pasta
One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu
Ham and Egg Noodles Casserole
Instant Pot Ham, Green Beans and Potatoes
Ham and Gnocchi Gratin
Cheesy Ham and Tater Tot Casserole
Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches
Ham is perfect for soups, salads, and sandwiches. I mean, who doesn’t love a ham and cheese sandwich? It adds a nice savory, salty element, and so much more flavor than boring chicken. In fact, it makes a great replacement for chicken in lots of soups and salads!
Garlic Butter Ham and Cheese Sliders
Baked Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
Leftover Ham Sandwich
Cuban Sandwich Recipe
Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese
Monte Cristo Sliders
Ham and Corn Chowder
Ham and Navy Bean Soup
Ham and Cheese Roll Ups
Ham and Potato Soup
Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup
Split Pea Soup with Bacon (swap for ham)
I feel like breakfast is where your leftover ham can really shine. It goes together so well with eggs and cheese whether it’s in a casserole, a quiche, or an omelet.
Ham and Cheese Quiche
Ham & Cheese Biscuits
Ham and Cheese Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Baked Denver Omelet
Ham and Cheese Frittata with Asparagus
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
Potato Egg Scramble
Ham and Potato Breakfast Casserole for Two
Potato and Ham Hash (recipe below)
Easy Potato and Ham Hash
This ham hash is one of my all-time favorite ways to use up leftovers. It’s easy to make and is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Customize the ingredients any way you like – add different veggies, or even use packaged hash browns instead of fresh potatoes.
I like to serve ham hash with a side of scrambled eggs and fruit or toast. Sometimes I sprinkle on a little Parmesan cheese or shredded cheddar cheese and cream gravy for a country style hash. An over-easy egg would be a fantastic addition as well.
Main Ingredients for Ham Hash
This beautiful breakfast hash is super simple to make with easy to find ingredients.
- Potatoes – this recipes calls for you to par-boil peeled and cubed russet potatoes before frying them. This will give the potatoes a head start and won’t require a ton of oil to get them fully cooked. Be careful not to over-boil them – just a few minutes is all you need.
- Vegetables – green bell pepper, onion. Any color of bell pepper can be used. Mushrooms, zucchini or broccoli would also be great.
- Cooked and cubed ham – this is where all those beautiful leftovers come in. If you don’t have ham leftover, you can buy a package of ham steak at the grocery store.
- 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
- 1 cup green pepper diced
- 1 cup yellow onion diced
- 1 cup cooked cubed ham
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Optional: fresh parsley for garnish
- Prepare potatoes by peeling and dicing into ½ inch cubes.
- Boil potatoes for about 5 minutes or about half way cooked through.
- Drain the potatoes thoroughly and set aside.
- In a large skillet, melt 2 Tablespoons butter.
- Cook the onion and pepper until tender, about three minutes.
- Add the ham to the pan and cook until it begins to brown.
- Add the potatoes to the skillet along with the seasoned salt, pepper and remaining two Tablespoons of butter.
- Allow the butter to brown the potatoes before turning and toss until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.