Four Things you can do with Ham

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. 

Boil then simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the potatoes are tender; then stir in 1 ½ cups of leftover diced ham and heat through. Dinner’s ready!Leftover ham

#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.

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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.

(http://www.survivingthestores.com/how-to-freeze-leftover-ham.html)

 

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!

 

Sources

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ingredients/leftover-ham-recipes

http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/cooking-tips/ten-ways-to-use-leftover-ham

 

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