Ham is a popular holiday and Sunday tradition, but don’t throw out the leftovers. What can we do with this delicious meat besides baking?
#1 – Leftover Hambone Soup
This recipe makes good use of leftover ham and packs a lot of veggie punch with a variety of different vegetables to hit your daily allowance head-on.
Once you cut all the meat off the bone, put the bone in a large stockpot. Add water to cover the lower half of the bone and bring the water to a boil. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer the bone for about an hour. The scent should be very aromatic and make the house smell yummy! Once the broth has simmered enough, remove the bone from the pot and discard.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in another stockpot if you have it. If you don’t you can drain the ham stock to a holding bowl. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 diced onion, 2 peeled and diced carrots, and 1 peeled and diced russet potato. Allow the vegetable mixture to cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for two to three minutes until the onion is translucent. Then add your stock, 1 cup of drained and rinsed canned white kidney beans, ¾ cup of frozen corn kernels, ¾ teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, 2 bay leaves, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
#2 – Deli ham sandwiches
You can put whatever you like in this. Hollow out a sub roll, wheat or white, and add ham, cheese, pickles, coleslaw, olive oil and/or leftover macaroni salad, for example. This is best eaten after the flavors are melded. So refrigerate overnight or for several hours.
#3 – Ham and Egg Saucers
Grease a muffin pan; place one to two pieces of ham as needed to fill each cup completely, for the “saucer,” add a pinch of grated cheddar, tip in one raw egg, salt and pepper to taste, and a little more cheddar. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Delicious and easy.
#4 – Cheese and Ham Sandwich
This is so easy and tastes so wonderful! It’s definitely a contender for the world’s best cheese and ham sandwich. Start with toasting 2 slices of Texas Toast with crusts removed in butter; then top with a slice of ham, add a slice of Gruyère cheese (adds an amazing flavor), and drench in Bechamel sauce. Heaven!
You can substitute ham anywhere you would use bacon. You can always freeze leftover ham for a lovely treat later on and you can also freeze ham bone for stock later also. Love your ham! It’s delicious.