Quick & Delicious Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas

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On many major holidays, we serve ham for either dinner or lunch. Traditionally we see ham served for Easter and Christmas dinner and also large family gatherings. But what to do with leftover ham? First, ham can be frozen for up to two months stored properly, so that gives you some lead time to use our creative leftover ham recipe ideas below.

Quick & Delicious Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas

The good news with serving ham is you usually have at least the ham bone left which is a great base for a number of soups. We also realize that you might have more than a little ham left from a meal, so we are giving some creative ideas for any meal during the day to put your ham leftovers to creative use.

Fast & Easy Leftover Ham Recipes

Quick & Delicious Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas

Most often when people think leftover ham, they think soups, but ham is so much more versatile than that! Ham can be substituted in most instances for chicken in many recipes, so that is a quick and easy substitution. To make this easy we’ve divided our creative ham leftover recipe ideas into our three basic meals for the day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Delicious Leftover Ham Breakfast Ideas

Quick & Delicious Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas

Many of us get into the same routine for breakfast each day either because we are rushing for work whether remote or commuting or have a busy schedule with our children or family. Ham leftovers are a great way to add protein to your breakfast, add flavor, and ham is leaner than bacon. So on to some yummy ham breakfast ideas:

  • Ham and Chive Scones
  • Denver Omelet
  • Scrambled Eggs and Ham
  • Ham Hash with Eggs
  • Ham, Spinach, and Chive Frittata
  • Ham Joe’s Special-you’re substituting the ground beef with ham
  • Ham and Cheese English Muffin
  • Ham Quiche-really you can switch out any meat in a quiche recipe for ham
  • Breakfast Burrito with Ham

Innovative Leftover Ham Lunch Ideas

Quick & Delicious Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas

When we think of lunch ideas using leftover ham, we also try to think portable. Either a sandwich or soup that can be in a thermos. We have also included some leftover ham ideas for when you are home for lunch and want a more substantial meal that would also work well as the main entree for dinner.

  • Split Pea Soup with Ham
  • 15 bean Soup
  • White Bean Soup with Ham
  • Navy Bean Soup with Ham
  • Ham and Corn Chowder
  • Potato Soup with Ham
  • Cobb Salad with Ham
  • Caesar Salad with Ham
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich
  • Potato Salad with Ham
  • Macaroni Salad with Ham
  • Mac and Cheese with Ham

Easy Leftover Ham Dinner Ideas

Quick & Delicious Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas

As our main meal of the day dinner is a great time to use leftover ham. Many of the ham leftover entree ideas we give you below can also work as leftovers for lunch the next day. We like meals you prepare once and then have great, easy to reheat meals for during the week when life is busier. Many of these entree ideas cook up quickly and will serve a family with ease or provide multiple meals for a couple.

  • Ham and Cheese Quiche
  • Cordon Bleu with Leftover Ham
  • Scalloped Potatoes Ham Casserole
  • Ham and Rice Surprise Casserole-hint substitute ham for tuna in a Tuna Surprise Casserole
  • Ham Shepard Pie
  • Ham Pot Pie-substituting ham for chicken or turkey
  • Potatoes, Broccoli and Ham Casserole
  • Ham and Egg Pockets
  • Linguini with Ham
  • Penne Pasta Ham Casserole
  • Fried Rice with Ham-you’re substituting ham for chicken in this traditional Chinese recipe
  • Pizza with Ham and Pineapple
  • Quesadillas with Ham

Now that we have tantalized your taste buds with ideas for using your leftover ham, we are going to share one of our all-time favorite recipes for Ham Cheddar Scallion Scones.

Ham Cheddar Scallion Scones


  • 1 – 1 1/4 cups shredded ham
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 2/ cup heavy cream, we substitute half and half with the same results or use half cream and half half and half


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Shred the leftover ham and set aside.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the cheddar cheese, scallions, and shredded ham.
  4. Work the butter cubes in with your fingers, until the dough resembles pea-size pieces of butter coated in the flour mixture. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in your heavy cream or half and half.
  5. Stir, but don’t over stir or your scones will be tough. The dough will still be a little crumbly but will press together well.
  6. Turn your dough out on a floured countertop or piece of parchment paper, using your fingertips to press the dough into a big circle. Cut the circle into 8 separate wedges.
  7. Bake for 20-23 minutes depending on your over, or until the edges are crisp but the center is still moist. Tasting is the best method to make sure you’ve got it right!

We love this Ham Cheddar and Scallion Scone recipe so much and so do our families, that we usually make a double or triple batch, one to eat, one as a keeper in the refrigerator, and one to freeze to enjoy later.

Now that we have inspired you with one of our favorite recipes, we look forward to seeing your submissions to our Tastealotta Recipe Contest. Have fun submitting your favorite recipe featuring at least one product bought at Tastealotta and we look forward to giving you your 10% off your purchase of $25 or more April 27-May 31.