Ham leftovers!?

United States
April 7, 2007 12:27pm CST
What do you do with all the leftover ham from a big Easter dinner? This year I am not going to a big dinner because I am too far away from my family. Instead, I will buy a ham for cheap on monday and then make it the following weekend. I was just wondering.... What do you do with all those leftovers? I know I will be using my bone and some of my ham for split pea soup. Sandwiches get old after the first one. Any good recipes or tips? What do you remember your folks doing when you were a kid?
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
My son in law generally steals the ham from our holiday dinners because he just loves it! Howevr, I have substituted it for chicken or turkey in many casserole dishes and it works fine. Just chop tyhe ham into cubes sligitly smaller than 1 inch and throw in like you would left over chicken. You can also freese slices for quite a while so you could eat it all year long, sort of spread out the feast.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I hadn't even thought of freezing it. That way, when I'm done being sick of ham, I can pull it out. Great idea!
@sshazie (253)
• Singapore
8 Apr 07
may i suggest the following: 1) ham & cheese sandwiches 2) ham, potato and egg salad 3) ham quiche 4) ham cones with cheese stuffings 5) Fried rice with ham cubes 6) Fried or soup noodles with sliced or cubed ham 7) cream pasta with ham 8) Garlic stir fried Vegetable medley (brocolli, cauliflower, carrots, snow peas, black fungus) with sliced ham 9) Ham and prawn salad
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
8 Apr 07
OK now I'm really hungry. I never thought of quiche but that is one of my favorites. I love quiche. Bisquick has a good recipe for it on their box.
• United States
8 Apr 07
I will give away some of them to other people, and i'll keep some for me so whenever i am hungry, i have some stock and i don't need to buy anymore. But in my situation, I am going to buy what is enough for me, it's only for me though so it's better to be like that than to be spoiled.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Giving it away is a good idea. Here in Austin we have a large homeless population. Maybe I could buy a cheap loaf of bread and some cheese and make sandwiches to hand out to hungry people who need the food.
@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
8 Apr 07
my folks were not into ham that much I like it though them recipes sound good to me the thing about ham, and beef too, is if you fry it a little first, with garlic and/or onions, it adds tons of flavor, just brown it good, for that soup, or sandwiches, or with greens, with eggs whatever the heck you do with it, brown it good also, why not wait and buy it when you will use it? I shop pretty much every day
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• United States
8 Apr 07
I wanted to buy one on monday when they are discounted. The only problem is that it's just me and my BF, and my sister will probably eat some too... That's just not enough mouths for all that ham :). Thanks for the browning tip! I'll bet that adds a lot of flavor! I'll toss it in with the onions for my soup.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
When I have leftover ham, I always add it to a nice pot of beans. It's SOOO good! It adds such a wonderful taste to the beans!!!
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Aren't they the perfect compliment to each other? Split peas, navy beans, black eyed peas, and even barbecued or ranch style beans. YUM! Makes me hungry.... I just have to make sure that me and my honey both eat them, lol! That way we're both guilty later, if you know what I mean :)
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@shelagh77 (3643)
8 Apr 07
Well, I know that there will not be any left overs in my friends house as her pet dog is a maniac for ham and will do every trick bar a somersault for a little taste! Your soup sounds divine. I like to chop up ham and use it with salad and salad cream and put it into vol au vents (a flaky pastry casing). When I have guests on two consecutive days I often use the left overs in vol au vents and they are snapped up. Enjoy your soup :-)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Oh! Your vol au vents sound good. You've also inspired another idea for me -- chef's salad! Thanks for the idea.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
7 Apr 07
For myself I'll make ham and scallopped potatos. They aren't hard to make, mostly just the cutting up of the ingeredients, but they taste great. I usually make a 13x9 size pan worth. All you need are potatoes, onions, flour, cheese, milk and the ham. Slice the potatos and onions. Layer them in the pan, first potatoes, onions, ham, flour and then the cheese. Keep doing this till the pan is 3/4's full. Then pour in milk on top till you can see it level to the top layer. Bake at 350 for an hour or until potatoes are tender. Hope you enjoy.
• United States
8 Apr 07
That sounds really good! I love cheese and potatoes, so I'm trying this some time. Thanks for the post!
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I'd just like to know why everyone is supposed to have ham on Easter? where did the tradition stem from?
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• United States
8 Apr 07
I have no idea. I have a friend whose family doesn't do ham and instead they do lamb. So I guess you can make whatever you want, as long as it rhymes with ham, lol!
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
7 Apr 07
What about dicing the leftovers small, freeze them and use them in another ham soup. Maybe one with veggies. Also, I know someone that cuts them small and uses them for homeade pizza toppings.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
YUM! I do my own pizza often. I buy the jiffy pizza crust mix when it's on sale and do one or two for a nice meal with salad. And I love ham and pineapple pizza :)
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@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
7 Apr 07
When we have ham leftovers, we keep a little in the fridge for sandwiches during the week. We take the rest and cut them up into bite size chunks and put them in freezer bags in the freezer. When we are in the mood for ham, we defrost one of the baggies and fry it up in a frying pan. We mix some brown sugar and water in a cup and then pour it over the ham. It makes it a little sweet and it brown up really nice. I usually make some rice or noodles to go with it and I'm done. Fast and easy dinner.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
That sounds good. I love brown sugar!
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• Philippines
7 Apr 07
I would chop leftover ham to be mixed with fried rice, or to be mixed with scrambled eggs. You can add it on your soup too, or saute it with corn, diced potatoes and carrots. I remember my mom doing that and it tastes great.
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Fried rice is a great idea as I usually have a box of white rice leftover from chinese takeout in my fridge. I also do rice pudding with that leftover rice sometimes.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I love ham, I need to buy one myself, it has been awhile since I have had one. Well I don't have any recipes for you. My mom used to fry the ham up and serve it with breakfast. She also used to put leftover ham and turkey in a freezer bag and freeze. She would pull it out when we weren't expecting it and we would have hoilday meals when it wasn't a hoilday.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I love doing holiday meals for no holiday. My sister and I usually make thanksgiving in july -- we do turkey (or just turkey legs), stuffing, gravy, potatoes and green bean casserole. It's fun!
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@stormygrl (763)
• United States
7 Apr 07
We always make ham and scallops and the warm up is better with this dish. We use Velveeta cheese ,cream of celery or mushroom, add milk. I don't remember we alya went to family dinners so I suppose very little was left over or just enough for sandwiches.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
When I was a kid, we almost always went over to my grandmother's house for Easter. We got a pie plate with ham and rolls on it to take home, so there was usually just enough for a few sandwiches for us as well :)
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• United States
7 Apr 07
We like to have it for breakfast the next morning. Fry some ham, make some eggs and toast. Also you can cut it up and make an omlete out of it or put it on a salad if you like salads. My mom used to put it in a pot of pinto beans or black eyed peas to give them flavor.
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• United States
7 Apr 07
YUM! Black eyed peas with ham in it... I could probably just eat that as a meal, with some cornbread on the side. Thanks for the idea!
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
7 Apr 07
i'll use the leftovers for sandwiches in my husband lunches for work..i'm also going to make scallopped potatoes and ham...macaroni and cheese with ham...then i'll make black bean soup out of the bone...
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• United States
7 Apr 07
I've been sitting on a baked mac and cheese recipe for a while. I think I'll assemble it with the ham and freeze it, then I can pull it out during a busy week. Great idea!
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@mickidmw (992)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Navy bean and ham soup! YUMMMMM!!! Ham and cheese omelet is always a favorite here. You are right after the 1st ham sandwich I am done! Turkey on the other hand I could eat for weeks in sandwiches! Have you tried a hot ham sandwich? Use a hogie roll or any bread you like and do some ham and cheese and lightly broil it and add all the extras after broiling that you like. That works too and is not as boring as just a plain ham sandwich. Or old school, do it open face on bread and put the gravy on top and serve it with mashed potatoes. That is good too. a full meal that way. Good luck with your leftovers and hope this helps a little. Great queastion!
• United States
7 Apr 07
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER!! My favorite thing to do. Can't believe that never crossed my mind either. Eggs and hashbrowns and ham.... yum! Thank you :)
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
8 Apr 07
One thing mom did was to dice some ham into little squares and scramble it in with some eggs for breakfast. Yum! On other mornings whe would cut some ham into thin slices and fry it, and a slice or two was placed onto bisquits for ham bisquits! Then some was cut into cubes and put with beans into the crock pot, that was very good too!
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@drakan291 (817)
• Ireland
9 Apr 07
NGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup ketchup 1/3 cup water 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 fully cooked ham slice, about 1-inch thick PREPARATION: In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter; add onion. Sauté onion until tender; add ketchup, water, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Place ham in baking dish; pour sauce over. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes And.... INGREDIENTS: 1 slice smoked ham, about 1 inch thick, 1 pound 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple slices 2 acorn squash, seeds and pulp removed, cut in 3/4-inch slices salt 1/4 cup syrup from pineapple 1/2 cup pineapple preserves 2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger PREPARATION: Directions for ham and acorn squash Slash fat around the edge of ham slice at 2-inch intervals to prevent curling. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ham slice in vegetable oil. Turn ham; place pineapple slices on top of ham. looks good huh?
• United States
9 Apr 07
That sounds really good! a totally different way to prepare the leftovers. Thanks for the recipes :)
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I love ham! I love leftovers too- We are cooking a whole ham today- 15 pounds for 7 people-- I cant wait for the leftovers- We do hot ham sandwiches and mashed taters, cold ham sandwiches for lunches. I make a mean scalloped potatoes with ham! this is so yummy-- Also macaroni and cheese with ham and onions- Homemade of course- So yum.. Ham soup- with noodles and lots of veggies. I love love love Ham! I usually eat little during the Big meal and eat more later in the night!
• United States
8 Apr 07
Oh, I do that small meal then a big meal thing, too. I think it's because when I'm in the kitchen preparing the meal, I have to taste everything a million times to make sure it's seasoned well. OKAY, I'll admit, that's just an excuse. I have to taste everything a million times because it smells/looks so good. But that midnight ham-on-a-yeast-roll sandwich is the best, isn't it?
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
8 Apr 07
You can do a lot with left over ham. Like Canadian Bacon Soup,Ham Stuffed Onions, Ham Patties are very good, fried rice and ham,eggs and ham. there are so many more things that you can use left over ham for. I just gave you a few ideas.
• United States
8 Apr 07
ham stuffed onions! Awesome! I've never done stuffed onions, although I do lots of stuffed tomatoes in the summer time when we get really good ones. What a great idea. Thanks!