With over 25 recipes, you'll have a hard time choosing just one of these easy leftover ham recipes to make!
If you have a bunch of holiday ham leftover and are looking for easy recipes using ham, you've come to the right place!
From hearty soup recipes to creative recipes for ham and cheese sandwiches, this collection includes some of the best leftover ham recipes.
You may actually wish you had bought a bigger ham when you check out some of these mouthwatering recipes!
💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions (and answers!) readers often ask about the best way to handle leftover ham.
Freshly cooked ham will last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator. You might like to check out this food safety chart from the FDA.
Always slice a ham against the grain, which are the fibers in the meat. Just like with beef, ham will be tough and chewy if you cut it with the grain.
Yes, leftover ham can be frozen. Here's how: wrap the ham in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Slide that package into a freezer bag. Be sure to label! Cooked frozen ham will last in the freezer for 3-4 months.
Preheat your own to 325-degrees F. Place the ham in the oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches at least 135-degrees F. If you have leftover glaze, it's best to baste your ham once or twice to keep it from drying out.
If the ham smells funny, looks greyish, or feels slimy, it's time to throw it out.
Our Favorite Leftover Ham Recipes
For easy leftover ham recipes, look no further. Here are my four favorite ways to use up ham leftover from a holiday meal.
Spoiler Alert - sometimes what we do with the leftovers the next day is even better than the original Easter or Christmas dinner!
Ham Pot Pie Recipe from Juggling Act Mama - flaky pie crust on top of leftover ham with tender vegetables like Yukon gold potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn in a creamy sauce is a delicious way to use up all kinds of leftovers this holiday season!
Ham and Cheese Croissants from Juggling Act Mama - Hands down this is one of my favorite ham recipes and a great way to use up leftovers from your holiday dinner. I use my favorite muenster cheese, but swiss cheese would be equally tasty in this easy recipe.
These can be served alongside a fried egg or breakfast hash for brunch, but they also make an awesome snack.
Ham and Pasta Salad from Juggling Act Mama - the creamy ham salad with pasta and cheddar cheese makes a great side dish the whole family will love. Don't skip the green onions which give this salad a little bite.
You could also leave the pasta out and add in a little bit more cheese and about half the sauce. Then, follow the instructions for this Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring to make a cheesy ham version!
Cobb Salad from Juggling Act Mama - Instead of chicken, add leftover diced ham to this amazing salad full of fresh veggies, avocado, blue cheese, and avocado.
You could also replace the chicken with ham leftovers in our Chopped Salad Recipe for another easy dish.
More Easy Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas
Like chicken, ham is a versatile protein that can be added to a variety of main dishes because it pairs well with pasta and potatoes especially. It's fabulous with breakfast foods like eggs and a staple in many quiche recipes. And, of course, it's perfect for soups, salads, and sandwiches.
With so many amazing and delicious leftover ham recipes, I've broken these yummy recipes down into categories for you.
I know you're going to love this list of leftover ham recipes!
Main Dish Recipes
There are plenty of delicious meals you can make and this cheesy casserole is right near the top of my list!
- Ham Tetrazzini from Spicy Southern Kitchen
- Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole from Bowl Me Over
- Ham and Cheese Tortellini with Peas from Jersey Girl Cooks
- Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Casserole from Six Sisters Stuff
- Ham Casserole with Rice and Broccoli from The Cozy Cook
From a classic dish with greens to pasta dishes, there are so many different ways to enjoy ham in a salad.
- Ham and Pineapple Pasta Salad from Spend with Pennies
- Creamy Potato and Ham Salad from Happy Foods Tube
- Ham Caesar Salad from Taste of Home
Sandwiches and Sliders
Sandwiches are of course a popular choice for leftover ham. After all, extra ham is a delicious addition to a boring cheese sandwich!
- Classic Ham Salad Sandwiches from Stay at Home Chef
- Spiced Apple & Ham Sliders on Cheddar Biscuits from Restless Chipotle
- Ham and Cheese Sliders from Averie Cooks
Soups & Chowders
Another great thing about ham is how simple it is to make a variety of ham soup or a version of corn chowder full of great flavor.
- Instant Pot Ham and Potato Soup from Bowl Me Over
- Ham Mac and Cheese Soup from The Fresh Cooky
- Potato Ham Chowder from Damn Delicious
- Navy Bean Soup with Ham from The Forked Spoon
Ham and eggs are an obvious choice for leftover ham recipe ideas. Easy breakfast recipes are the perfect way to go because salty ham pairs so well with eggs and creamy cheese.
- Ham Breakfast Casserole from Persnickety Plates
- Cheesy Potato Egg Scramble from Everyday Delicious
- Breakfast Potatoes with Ham from Fun Money Mom
- Cheesy Ham Breakfast Bake from Dancing Through the Rain
Appetizers, Snacks and More
Whether you're having company for a late holiday celebration or just kicking back to watch the game, the good news is that you can use up more of your ham leftovers in these delicious recipes.
- Ham and Pineapple Bruschetta from Juggling Act Mama
- Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups from High Heels and Grills
- Ham, Cheese and Cranberry Rollups from A Cedar Spoon
Best Side Dishes for Ham
Don't forget to add some side dishes for baked ham to round out your menu. A good side dish needs to complement the taste of the meat and, of course, be super delicious. These sides are tasty, filling, and absolutely fantastic with leftover ham.
You'll find yummy favorites and new recipes, too, including:
- Make-ahead sweet potatoes
- Honey glazed baby carrots
- Scalloped potatoes
- Pea salad
Which tasty recipe will you be trying first? Leave a comment below - I absolutely LOVE hearing from you!