Using Up That Leftover Ham

If you’re like me, I bet you may have some leftover Easter ham to use up. If my husband had his way, we’d be eating ham sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner until it was gone.

Instead, we’ll be dining on ham sandwiches tonight and the rest of the ham will make a repeat appearance on our table in a different form over the next few weeks. For best quality, you are supposed to consume frozen ham within 40 days. That’s easy enough to do in our house, but I also stretch it by using the ham bone to make soup that will freeze for much longer.

To process leftover ham for the freezer, I cut off all the meat until I can’t slice it anymore. Than I cut those slices into cubes and freeze them in 2-3 cup quantities in plastic freezer bags. The ham bone gets covered with water and boiled into a stock, as in the black bean soup recipe below. Any edible meat that is left on the bone gets shredded and added to the soup.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve leftover ham. They all taste great and work perfectly with leftover frozen ham.

Ranch Ham Skillet

Black Bean & Ham Soup

Ham & Cheese Strata

Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham

Sweet & Sour Ham

If you have leftover ham, how will you be using it up? If you need even more ideas, check out the Sir Ham A Lot party over at Hoosier Homemade.

8 thoughts on “Using Up That Leftover Ham

  1. We NEVER have trouble getting rid of leftover ham, but our favorites are sandwiches and stromboli with ham and cheese! And of course, I either make Senate bean soup with the ham bone or ham and beans where I throw the bone and an entire bag of dry red beans in the crockpot all day – serve it with cornbread!

  2. I just cut off as much ham as I could and logged into my reader to see who came up with some ham bone ideas! I knew I could count on you Kate! I have some black beans in my freezer so looks like we are having your soup tonight! Thanks

  3. I freeze up leftover ham in 2-3 cup portions to use in jambalaya. But my family’s very favorite use for leftover ham slices is in Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. This works particularly well if the ham was a spiral sliced one and you have lots of the little edges of the slices. I use a basic scalloped potato recipe and scatter in ham slices. If the potato recipe does not already call for onions, add lots of very thinly sliced onion with the ham. Since I am not beyond using boxed mixes (though of course fresh is best), I often use packaged scalloped potato or au grautin mixes, adding ham and thinly sliced onion. Worth having a ham just for the leftovers!

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