15 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Leftover Ham

April 11, 2020

Oh, ham, how I love thee. 💖

We eat the traditional foods on holidays over here. At Easter, dinner is ham and scalloped potatoes. I just love this meal! We usually add in green beans, rolls, and last year I did a tropical fruit salad, too. Sometimes we change up the sides a little bit, and I have been honing my scalloped potato recipe over the past five years. I'll share that in a future blog post!

But the ham? It's non-negotiable.

I'm a big fan of making too much food on holidays. Easter cooking is a lot of work, and I want to be able to eat for at least a couple of days from all those hours in the kitchen! So I get a big, big ham.

This year, with the quarantine, I didn't have to go quite so big since it's just my husband, my daughter, and I (and she doesn't eat ham... silly child). But we'll still have plenty of leftovers, and I went searching for some delicious and different ways to use them.

By the way: if your family doesn't want to eat lots of days of leftover ham... just add in one or two recipes per week when you're doing your meal planning. Dice up the leftover ham and portion it into quart size ziploc bags and throw it in the freezer! Super simple to pull out when it's on the menu that evening. 

15 Tasty Ways to Enjoy Leftover Ham

Doesn't this Ham and Swiss Stromboli from The Girl Who Ate Everything look fantastic? I love the combination of ham and swiss.
ham and swiss stromboli

This delish Breakfast Strata Recipe from Lil Luna would be great for breakfast OR for dinner. We are big fans of breakfast for dinner at our house! And I love stratas because they are so easy to put together. You can even do it the night before. (Also, slightly stale leftover rolls work great in strata recipes).

ham and cheese breakfast strata

Being a homeschool mom means that the middle of the day is usually busy. I like simple lunches that are tasty and these Homemade Ham & Cheese Pockets from Sally's Baking Addiction totally fit the bill.

homemade ham and cheese pockets

If you're eating low carb, I've got you covered! Whip up this Low Carb Three Cheese Ham and Broccoli Casserole from Peace Love and Low Carb. More cheese = more awesome. 

low carb three cheese ham and broccoli casserole

Another low carb option are these The Best Ham & Cheese Egg Muffins from Julie's Eats and Treats. Great for on-the-go protein on chaotic mornings!

ham and cheese egg muffins

This super easy Ham and Bean Soup (Crock Pot Version) from Spend With Pennies uses a dry bean mix that also comes with a seasoning packet. Better yet, since you're using the crock pot, you don't need to soak the beans! Budget friendly, delicious and filling. 

ham and bean soup

If you need some tasty breakfast food that also makes the morning more simple, I've got you covered! Prep these Overnight Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas (from The Girl Who Ate Everything) the night before.

overnight ham and cheese breakfast enchiladas

Oh, Averie Cooks, you had me at Hawaiian rolls. Don't these Ham and Cheese Sliders make your mouth water? 

ham and cheese sliders

We didn't eat a lot of beans while I was growing up, so I'm pretty inexperienced cooking with them. This Cajun Ham & Beans recipe from South Your Mouth looks yummy... and uses the same 15-bean mix from the crock pot soup recipe above. They must be good if all these talented cooks are using them, right?

cajun ham and beans

I've had tuna salad, and chicken salad. But ham salad? That's a new one! But I'm loving the idea of Ham Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground. I'm a recipe tweaker, so I'll probably add a squirt of mustard and leave out the relish (yes, I'm a bit picky). 

ham salad

Ham with pasta? Totally new to me. But putting two delicious things together can't be wrong. So this is going on the meal plan: One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet Recipe from Julie's Eats and Treats.  

one pot ham and penne skillet

Here's another thing I've never tried: au gratin potatoes in the slow cooker. I always bake them in the oven. But, we always finish my scalloped potato leftovers before the ham runs out, so I'm looking forward to giving Slow Cooker Potatoes Au Gratin and Ham from Fav Family Recipes a try.

slow cooker au gratin potatoes and ham

Did I mention I love cheese? Yeah. Bring on the Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from I Heart Naptime. Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Yes.

cheesy ham and broccoli frittata

Cold, rainy days happen a lot in spring in the pacific northwest. This Smokey Ham, Potato, and Corn Chowder from First Home Love Life will hit the spot when the rain is falling and the skies are grey. I love thick, creamy chowders! I'll probably use my favorite white corn - though it won't look nearly as photogenic.

smokey ham, potato, and corn chowder

Here's another "I never thought of doing that" recipe! Ham Noodle Soup from Tastes of Lizzy T has potatoes and noodles, together! (Mind. Blown.) And marjoram! I haven't used marjoram a lot in cooking. I'll probably leave out the peas - they aren't my favorite - and make them in the air fryer instead and let my husband mix them in (he loves them). 

ham noodle soup

OK, friends, that's a wrap. Fifteen delicious ideas for your leftover Easter ham! And now I have to go eat dinner, because all of these gorgeous food pictures are making me hungry. 😀 Let me know in the comments what you eat on Easter!

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Hi! I’m Kim. I love crafting, homeschooling, and being near the ocean. I also love encouraging moms to make the leap into home education, sharing awesome resources and tons of encouragement!