7 Things to Make With Leftover Ham

Leftover Ham

Some cooks work hard to avoid leftovers in order to keep their menu constantly fresh and invigorated, but many intentionally plan on leftovers to save time and energy for the next meal.  If you fall into the latter group, we have some great ideas about the many different ways you can use leftover ham in a new and fantastic dish!


Freezing is Pleasing and Easy!

Use Your Leftover Ham Later

Easter is just around the corner and that usually means a big dinner with ham as the main course!  You may be already debating how you are going to use all of that leftover ham, but don’t worry!  Ham is one of those wonderful meats that are familiar in just about any dish, no matter if it is for breakfast or snack or dinner!  Not only that, but hams are often on sale during this time of year and that may interest some who prefer to stock up their freezer.  So, if time simply doesn’t allow or if you want to avoid a deluge of ham dishes after your big meal, you can always freeze your leftover ham according to these tips!


  • Cooked ham can be stored in your freezer for up to two months
  • Cut the ham as you wish to use it next time whether dicing or slicing, etc.
  • However, it is essential to store the ham with as little as air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
  • Wrap tightly in tin foil and then store in a Ziploc bag, squeezing as much air out as possible.
  • Thaw by submerging in water with the tin foil wrapping still in place.  It is normal for ham to appear slick after defrosting.



7 Ideas for Leftover Ham

The Versatility of Ham


  • Appetizer – Ham Salad on Cucumber Slices or Ham and Cheese Ball
  • Breakfast – Omelet, Quiche or Frittata
  • Lunch – Cold Pasta Salad or Ham Sandwiches
  • Dinner – Spinach and Ham French Bread Pizza
  • Soups – Ham and Corn Chowder
  • CasserolesBroccoli and Ham Scalloped Potatoes
  • Breads Savory Ham and Cheese Muffins


The sample of ideas above can be delicious options for leftover ham, but these are only to give you ideas instead of limit you to just seven ideas!  The combination of ham and cheese has a much beloved smoky flavor and you will soon recognize that familiar combination in many of the recipes available for using leftover ham.  Additionally, ham can be used for a flavorful salty seasoning as well as a pleasant texture in egg dishes, in pasta salads, as pizza toppings and really just about anything you can think of!  Ham can even be added to muffins that will delight your children as a savory, all-in-one, after-school snack.  No matter what, there are plenty of delicious dishes practically begging to help you use up your leftover ham.  So buy an extra ham on sale and stock up the freezer!  We can guarantee that you won’t regret it!