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What to do with Left over Ham

Every Christmas I seem to have half a Ham left over after dinner. Being creative with it, without getting sick of it can be a challenge. But, over the years I have accumulated tons of recipes that not only please, they actually ask for 2nds and 3rds, they are that good. So I am going to show you what to do with left over ham with the following creative recipes.

After making tons of dishes, I have narrowed it down to the ones that actually are delicious, but don't take a huge amount of time to make.

1: White Bean and Ham Soup

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup, perfect for cold winter days! White beans, ham shanks, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, Tabasco, and herbs make this delicious ham and bean soup a cool weather classic.

When the weather turns cold, and all you want to do is stay cozy and warm, the best thing to do is to make a big pot of hearty soup. On days like these, nothing is more comforting than this ham and white bean soup. (Well, maybe some fuzzy woolen slippers, but you can't eat those!)


2: Ham Salad Sandwich

This delicious easy Ham Salad is made with finely chopped ham, sweet onions, celery, pickles, dill weed, mayo and a little bit of mustard. This recipe is perfect for using up leftovers from holiday hams. It is best with a piece of good quality ham that has been cured and preferably smoked. A smoked ham has less moisture in it and that is key to a good ham salad.

I have loved ham salad since I was a little girl. It brings back such fond memories of good times with my family. It is so incredibly easy to make and can be enjoyed on fresh rolls, Hawaiian bread, pumpernickel, rye, crackers or even celery sticks for a low carbohydrate diet. The key to a good salad starts with the obvious a good ham. This will help ensure that that the mixture is top notch. I like to use my leftover Honey Ham from holiday dinners, or a good quality ham steak or even Boars Head Ham sold at most deli counters.


3: Ham and Cheese Grit Casserole

For breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner ~ Ham & Cheese Grits Casserole is true Southern comfort food at its best.

Actually, during our class field trip last Friday, I fed a giraffe a leaf out of my mouth. But his lips gave me a little peck (read that *slobber*) on my chin ... so, I consider that getting a big ol' kiss from good ol' Mr. Giraffe.


4: Cheesy Ham & Potato Bacon Casserole

It’s the most ridiculously easy casserole you’ll ever make and yet we looooove it. We all need something warm, easy, delicious and that uses leftovers at this time of year and trust me, this is it.


  • 6 red potatoes, chopped

  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped fine

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cups cooked ham, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli, chopped and steamed

  • 4 ounces neufchatel or light cream cheese, cubed

  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked


5: Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are delicious and quick appetizers that is made using Tortillas.

I would definitely choose a delicious savory Pinwheel any day over a sandwich! On the top, these yummy pinwheels are made with Ham and Cheese, making it my favorite among all.

There are days when I crave for something that is soft and spicy, and this cold Ham and Cheese Pinwheel is a must for those days. These are so good that it gets over within minutes.

You can use homemade tortillas or if you are short on time, you can even use the store-bought ones.

Once done, roll the tortillas and refrigerate them for about an hour or more. Cut them into rolls and they are ready to be served.

Making these Pinwheels is so easy, that you can make it for any house party, g