Sometimes when you roast a ham, you end up with leftover ham and probably find yourself wondering how to use it. Ham is so delicious and versatile as a leftover, and there are so many quick and easy ways to make a meal out of it: exquisite casseroles, tasty pies, hearty soups, refreshing salads, delicious sliders and more. So instead of waiting for your leftover ham to start looking sad in your fridge and begrudgingly throwing it in the trash, check out our selection of recipes that will transform your leftover ham into mouthwatering dishes that are simple to make and heavenly-tasting. These recipes are conceived to help you minimise waste, reduce your carbon footprint, and save money on groceries.
Leftover ham casserole
Crunchy Creamy Sweet presents us with this family-friendly casserole recipe with noodles, ham, corn, creamy garlic sauce and crunchy panko topping — the perfect comfort food dinner for when you least feel like cooking, especially on those busy weekdays. You can serve this hearty casserole with roasted vegetables or a simple salad.
Leftover ham salad
Ham Salad is so moreish and easy to make. It’s perfect served as an appetiser or snack with crackers, or as a yummy dip, or as a sandwich filling — but buttery biscuits and crescent rolls will work their magic, as well. You can whip it up in under 10 minutes, and it keeps in the fridge for a few days. Turn your leftover holiday ham into something extraordinary with this simple recipe from Savory Experiments.
Leftover ham and bean soup
Ham and bean soup is such a classic. A hearty and delicious way to use up leftover ham and feed a crowd, this easy recipe from Jo Cooks is quick to prepare. There's a lot of tasty flavour going on here, and this dish is just perfect for a weeknight dinner for when you least feel like cooking.
Leftover ham pot pie
This delicious ham pot pie brought to us by Kroll’s Korner is all about warmth and comfort for a complete mid-week meal. Cooked in a velvety sauce and baked in a buttery pie crust, it’s a creative and tasty way to repurpose your leftover ham from the holidays. The ingredients are simple: vegetables, herbs, the ham and your pantry and refrigerator staples.
Baked ham and penne pasta
Ham and pasta — they belong together these two. Every time they are harmoniously combined, you're in for a treat. The creamy garlic-cheese sauce is the key to this flavourful casserole which can be made ahead of time, so it's ready when you are.
If you're in the mood for a dish to warm your body and soul, you can't go wrong with this luscious dish from Miss in the Kitchen.
Ham and cheese hot pockets
These delicious ham and cheese hot pockets from A Mind Full Mom are easy to make with homemade pizza dough or store-bought dough for a quick and tasty lunch — the most scrumptious hand-held meal. The cheese can be sharp cheddar, jack cheese, Swiss cheese, or mozzarella cheese. These pockets of portable happiness are freezer-friendly, microwave-friendly, and convenient to eat on the go.
Leftover ham and cheese pizza
If you love ham and cheese, a pizza with ham and cheese will hit the spot. There are only two other ingredients in this recipe besides ham and cheese: onions and pizza sauce. You can simply add more of your favourite toppings for more pizza sensations.
You can use store-bought pizza sauce and pizza dough, and all you’ll need to do is slice up a large onion, some mozzarella cheese, and of course, your leftover ham. Now, how easy is that?
Ham and pineapple rice
Fans of Hawaiian pizza will love this ham and pineapple rice. What is it about pineapple and ham? Their flavours seem to pair perfectly. The Recipe Rebel has a simple and quick ham and pineapple rice recipe you can always rely on. It's one of those dishes that you can truly customise to your liking, and you can easily add extra veggies, frozen or fresh.
Leftover ham and cheese biscuits
The aroma of hot biscuits right out of the oven is intoxicating, and they just beg to be devoured. It takes little effort to make a batch of these ham and cheese biscuits from Attainable Sustainable, and you can decide to shape them beautifully or just go for a quicker drop biscuit by simply scooping the dough and dropping it onto a baking sheet. You can pair them with a piping hot soup or eat them on their own.
Ham and cheese sliders
There seems to be a global love affair with sliders. These tiny sandwiches are always a lot of fun and never fail to hit the spot. Super easy to pull together — just a bit of layering and baking — they make great party food and are a crowd-pleasing, bite-sized delight, also great for dinner, lunch, or potlucks. These ham and cheese sliders from Crunchy Creamy Sweet will disappear in a flash, so make extra.
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