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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.