25 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Ham
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25 Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Ham

If there’s one thing that you can pretty much guarantee this Christmas, it’s that there will be plenty of leftover holiday ham for you to snatch up after everyone leaves. Out of all your Christmas dinner options, you have to admit — ham is where it’s at when it comes to leftover potential. You can transform it into quiche, soup, or even enchiladas. Whether you choose to have your holiday leftovers for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we have you covered below with 25 recipes that’ll use up every little bit.

1. Quick and Easy Pasta With Ham, Kale, and Feta: TBH, the last thing you’ll want to do the day after Christmas is slave away in the kitchen. But as long as you can boil pasta, you can transform your ham into a quick and easy meal. (via The Wanderlust Kitchen)

2. Slow Cooker Baked Beans: Chances are, no one is going to be fighting over the ham hock when packing up leftovers. Swoop in and grab that sucker for future flavor-packed baked beans. You can even freeze it to use down the road. Score. (via Crunchy Creamy Sweet)

3. Overnight Ham and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas: Before you get the kitchen cleaned up from the big meal, prep these enchiladas for breakfast the next day. They may take a little time out of your Christmas, but they’ll be worth it. (via What 2 Cook)

4. Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole: Who says you can’t continue to celebrate the holidays after Christmas? Keep the family in town and invite them over for a mimosa-filled brunch with this casserole as the main event. (via The Kitchn)

5. Chicken Cordon Bleu Rice Bake: You won’t believe how easy this rice bake is to prepare. If your family makes turkey AND ham for Christmas, you could even sub the chicken for turkey and use up even more leftovers. (via Plain Chicken)

6. Ham and Cheese Baked Eggs in Toast: Breakfast for a holiday crowd can be stressful. There’s no reason to freak out when you can easily whip up a half dozen eggs in toast in 30 minutes. Serve with a simple side salad to complete the meal. (via Chocolate Moosey)

7. Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups: You know those ham sliders that everyone goes nuts for at parties? These roll-ups are just like those, only made with crescent dough instead of Hawaiian rolls. Yes, please. (via High Heels and Grills)

8. Ham and Cheese Tortellini: Your resolutions aren’t starting until January, so it’s perfectly acceptable to continue indulging until then. Keep it going with this cheesy tortellini that’s studded with crispy ham and sweet peas. (via Kevin and Amanda)

9. Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche: You can’t go wrong with a classic quiche recipe. One forkful of this luscious dish and you’ll be instantly transported to a French bistro. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

10. Hawaiian Fried Rice: Ham and pineapple are a perfect culinary match. Add a fun kick to your post-holiday menu with a zesty fried rice featuring this delicious combo. (via The Recipe Critic)

11. Potato Ham Chowder: Double the pork, double the fun. Add layers of flavor to this chowder with diced ham, salty bacon, and sweet corn. (via Damn Delicious)

12. Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Waffles: Ham and cheese sandwiches are great and all, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried it with hash browns. What’s more, if you pile everything in your waffle maker, the crispy factor is out of this world. (via Damn Delicious)

13. Leftover Ham Pizza: Ordering in might be tempting after the holidays, but there’s really no reason to with a fridge full of leftovers. Try making your own pizza using the heaps of ham you have. You can even add pineapple to it if that’s your favorite combo. (via The Cookie Writer)

14. One-Skillet Ham and Cheese Gnocchi: You won’t want to do much of anything when the festivities are over — especially dishes. Opt for a one-pan meal like this one that’ll comfort you while you binge-watch Netflix. (via Jo Cooks)

15. One-Pot Ham and Penne Skillet: Kids will jump for joy at the sight of this pasta. They might even eat the peas if you’re lucky. (via Julie’s Eats and Treats)

16. Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bombs: Talk about some major cheese porn. If you’re hosting a football viewing party after the holidays, these pretzel bites will be the MVP of the night. (via Home. Made. Interest.)

17. Ham, Cheese, and Spinach Puffs: Whether you choose to serve these for brunch, lunch, or dinner, you’ll have an undeniable winner on your hands. Top with a runny egg if you want to add a bit more protein. (via Eatwell 101)

18. Zoodles With Ham, Peas, and Basil: There’s a good chance that you’ll still be pretty full come December 26. If that’s the case, a light meal of zucchini noodles with leftover ham, peas, and fresh basil will be just right. (via Real Food Whole Life)

19. Breakfast Shepherd’s Pie: A hearty dinner calls for an equally filling breakfast. Use up your leftover ham to boost the flavor of this cheesy spinach, egg, and potato pie. (via Queen of My Kitchen)

20. Ham and Swiss Sliders: The day after a big holiday meal, take things easier with a tray of sliders to keep everyone well-fed. Use your leftovers along with Swiss cheese as the filling, then top with a flavorful mixture of chopped onions and butter. (via Culinary Hill)

21. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto: Sweet butternut squash lends some of its starch to make this risotto extra creamy. Salty, caramelized ham and a generous dose of Parmesan cheese help balance out the flavors. (via Give It Some Thyme)

22. Gruyère, Ham, and Apple Toasts: For breakfast, lunch, or an easy dinner, these toasts are sure to hit the spot. Honeycrisp apples add a pleasant crunch to each bite. (via Zestful Kitchen)

23. Cheesy Ham and Turkey Noodle Casserole: The secret to this casserole? Making your own creamy cheese sauce, which ensures that it doesn’t dry out in the oven. (via No Plate Like Home)

24. Cheesy Garlic Butter Sandwich Skewers: Sometimes presentation can totally change the way you feel about your leftovers. Ham and cheese sandwiches are made exciting again when threaded onto skewers and brushed with fragrant garlic butter. (via The Cookie Rookie)

25. Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese: This ultimate grilled cheese is definitely worthy of your prized holiday leftovers. A melty combination of cheese, a runny egg, bacon, and ham make it a sandwich that’s almost better than the original meal. (via Sweet and Savory Meals)

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Additional reporting by Justina Huddleston