You paid a lot for that Easter ham. Don’t waste the leftovers – or worse yet, ruin them by constant reheating. There are lots of uses for leftover ham besides ham sandwiches. We have some thrifty ideas for making those leftovers into yummy new meals.
Casseroles: Make a budget-friendly week-night treat with ham and scalloped potatoes. After all, potatoes are cheap, too. Dice some up and toss it into your favorite mac-and-cheese recipe. Or go gourmet with a dish of Cheesy Gnocchi with Ham and Peas.
Soup: How about split pea and ham soup? Use the recipe on this link, or try the one on the back of your package of split peas (also an economical buy). Or check out the recipe on the bag of dry lentils or navy beans – bet your meaty ham bone will dress them right up.
Pies: Make a main-dish pie, like your favorite quiche, or even a pot pie, using ham for the meat, or try this recipe for Ricotta, Ham and Scallion Tart.
Baked goods: Some folks like a little minced ham in their biscuits, and ham and cheese muffins might be a big hit at your next brunch.
Or, if you must go the sandwich route, at least change it up a little with a good ham salad. (You really don’t need a recipe, just mince the ham finely and add a little mayo and your favorite pickle relish.)
Note: Leftover ham should be kept refrigerated and used within 3-5 days. Or you can wrap it well and freeze if for up to a couple of months before the quality deteriorates. Be sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before using, say most food safety sites.
Just don’t let any of that tasty and versatile ham go to waste.