Best Leftover Ham Recipes Ever!


Ham is a holiday favorite and the perfect Sunday meal! We love it oven roasted, slow cooked, or even smoked. Add a sweet caramelized glaze, salt, pineapple or mustard.

As much as we love the main event, I think we love the leftovers even more. Below are our favorite leftover ham recipes.

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  1. What to do with leftover ham?
  2. How to store leftover ham
  3. Mannheim Dish Recipes
  4. Ham Casserole Recipes
  5. Ham sliders and sandwiches
  6. Ham Soup Recipes.
  7. Ham Breakfast Recipes
  8. More ham favorites
  9. 10 Other Ways to Use Leftover Ham

What to do with leftover ham?

My family prefers glazed ham to turkey, and I love that it's so easy to make. It takes very little prep work (especially if you cook spiral ham or cook it in the air fryer).

But one of the best parts of a big meal (like a baked ham dinner) is the leftovers. Start by simply reheating leftover ham slices and eating them as is, or get creative with our favorite recipes for leftover ham below.

How to Reheat Leftover Ham

You can reheat the ham in the oven by placing it in a shallow baking dish with half a cup of broth and heating it at 325°F for 20-25 minutes. Or, if you only need to reheat a few pieces, try using an air fryer at 350°F for 3-5 minutes. The time will vary slightly depending on how big the piece of ham is, how it is cut (thick vs. thin), and how much ham is being reheated.

How to store leftover ham

Ham will keep for a few months in the refrigerator or freezer. Coarsely pack it into 1-cup portions to make it easier to use in recipes. A ham bone makes a great soup. Keep it in the freezer, and then use it from frozen.

  • fridge: Cooked leftover ham (spiral or other) can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. (This includes leftover deli ham once opened).
  • Fraser: Leftover ham should be well sealed (or vacuum sealed), and leftovers can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Mannheim Dish Recipes

Ham is very versatile, so there are many recipes with ham as an ingredient. Because of its smoky flavor, it's a great substitute for chicken or other protein in almost all soups, stews, and casseroles.

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  • Glazed ham is almost like a traditional meatloaf, but made with ground ham and pork. This is a great recipe for all that leftover ham.
  • The recipe for black-eyed peas with ham is a bit like soup but with less broth. Very tangy and flavorful to serve with rice.
  • Ham balls are made from ground ham and then covered in a sweet red sauce. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
  • Linguine Carbonara is a creamy Italian dish, made with white sauce and slices of ham. very delicious.
  • Deviled Ham is a zesty spread made from seasoned ground ham mixed with ingredients like mustard, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. It's perfect for sandwiches and crackers.

Ham Casserole Recipes

Ham casseroles are a great way to use up ham and usually have simple ingredients and easy instructions. Whether you're in the mood for something creamy, or loaded with veggies, here are some favorites!

Ham sliders and sandwiches

One of the great things about leftover ham is that it can be enjoyed either hot or cold, sliced, diced or sliced. Anything goes – top a salad with it, add it to a favorite pasta salad or sandwich it between grilled cheese. The possibilities are endless!

  • Ham and Cheese Sliders – Sweet Hawaiian rolls, ham, cheese, and a buttery glaze – baked to melty perfection.
  • Ham salad is great for using up leftover ham and sandwiching it between two slices of white bread.
  • The Monte Cristo sandwich is the king of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Ham and cheese croissants are filled with smoky ham and rich Swiss cheese. Topped with a honey mustard sauce and cooked to melty perfection, this is a delicious snack for any occasion.

Ham Soup Recipes.

Leftover diced ham is a delicious addition to soups and stews. It pairs well with sweet vegetables like corn and sweet potatoes and adds great flavor to cream or potato-based soups. As for what to do with leftover hambones… they are great for making ham soup or flavorful ham broth.

Ham and Corn Chowder is a quick weeknight meal that includes lots of corn, vegetables, bacon, and ham. This corn soup recipe is rich, creamy and delicious.

Wondering what to do with that leftover ham? Split pea soup is such a flavorful dish! Split peas and ham are simmered in a delicious broth with vegetables to give you a thick and hearty soup.

Make hassle-free ham and bean soup with no soaking required. Ideal for using up leftover holiday ham, this recipe only requires minutes of prep and cooks easily in the slow cooker all day!

Looking for a hearty soup to feed a crowd? This ham and lentil soup is so easy to make! Made with a ham bone or diced leftover ham, it's delicious! Serve with crusty bread for the perfect meal!

Ham Breakfast Recipes

Start the day with one of these delicious ham recipes. Ham is a great addition to breakfast because it's leaner than sausage or bacon and adds a delicious smoky flavor. Slice it and add it to an omelette or reheat slices of ham in a frying pan and top it with poached eggs and voila!

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10 Other Ways to Use Leftover Ham

Ham is such an easy cut of meat to cook with. Use it to replace chicken or ground beef. It also makes great sandwiches. If substituting ham for other meats, the salt may need to be adjusted in the recipe because ham is salty.

  1. Add it in place of chicken in a quick fried rice recipe.
  2. Substitute the chicken in your favorite chicken pot pie recipe.
  3. Serve a simple ham sandwich by frying it and placing it on toast with cheddar cheese and mustard.
  4. Top your favorite pizza dough with ham (or add it to a frozen pizza).
  5. Cut the remaining ham into small pieces and add to the cooked peas with the butter.
  6. Top your favorite baked potato with butter, sour cream, cheddar and ham for an easy meal.
  7. Add ham and cheddar to homemade biscuits and serve warm with butter.
  8. Add ham to almost any pasta salad recipe or macaroni salad.
  9. Add diced ham to scrambled eggs or omelets.
  10. Chop it up and add it to mashed potatoes or mashed potato cake.

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