Buying the perfect sized ham for all those holiday gatherings isn't easy. Is it a pound per person, two pounds per person…I mean, you seriously never know. When I'm standing at the supermarket staring at the ham choices, I figure I'd rather have more ham to go around than not enough. (Can you imagine the chaos at holiday dinner if we actually ran out of ham?! The horror.) I feel that it's a safe bet to actually figure out 2-3 pounds of ham per person because then, I get to brainstorm on all the glorious ways that I can use up all that leftover ham. Luckily, there are thousands of ham recipes out there…but who seriously has time to go through them all?
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Think of this as an early Christmas present you ham-loving friends…here are 15 awesome recipes that you can cook to use up all that leftover ham! Who knows…maybe it will even inspire you to buy and cook more whole hams during the rest of the year!
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15 Things To Do With Leftover Ham
- Gluten-Free Ham Cheddar Chowder
- Leftover Ham and Cheese Biscuits
- Potato Ham Scallop
- Split Pea Soup With Ham Bone
- Cuban Deviled Ham Sandwiches
- Pressure Cooker Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese
- Southern Baked Ham and Cheese
- Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup
- Leftover Ham Pasta with Cheese
- Ham and Cheese Frittata Muffins
- Gluten-Free Holiday Ham Rice and Eggs Benedict
- Ham and Leek Quiche
- Leftover Holiday Ham Baked Sliders
- Slow Cooker Leftover Ham and Shredded Potato Soup
- Ham Pot Pie
See? I told you there will ALWAYS be ways to use up that leftover ham! Soups, quiches, pasta…breakfast, lunch or dinner…and if worse comes to worse, you can always freeze some of it to use later on.
I know I need to update this list to make it look pretty but I need to throw in this new recipe for the best ever homemade scalloped potatoes. Indulgent, cheesy and totally delicious, you're going to want to buy a ham just so you can make this casserole.
This holiday season, when you're deciding how many pounds of ham you need, think more. Bigger is better for the holidays, right?! And now, with all these awesome recipes that you can cook to use up that leftover ham you can rest easy knowing that your decision isn't as detrimental as you thought. The beauty of ham is that it's so versatile and can be eaten year-round, so freeze it, cook it and enjoy it anytime that you want!