14+ Recipes for Leftover Ham (2024)

Got leftovers from that holiday ham? Check out these 14+ favorite recipes for leftover ham. From soups to casseroles to classic ham salad, there's sure to be one or two ... or fourteen ... you'll love!
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I'm a huge fan of leftovers. To me, it's fun to get creative with leftovers from a holiday or big meal to see what new dishes I can turn them into.

Ham just lends itself well to so many different types of dishes ... from soups, to casseroles, to pizzas, and that good old ham salad, of course.

And when it comes to that holiday ham? Well, with its delicious versatility, it's especially fun to work with! Ham just lends itself well to so many different types of dishes ... from soups, to casseroles, to pizzas, and that good old ham salad, of course.

If you've got some leftover ham on your hands, here are 14 of our favorite recipe ideas for enjoying it.

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1.Ham Salad
A classic favorite, prepared the Southern way. Enjoy it as a yummy sandwich filling or as a topping on crackers. Either way, it's delicious!

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Loaded with chopped ham, tender noodles, and veggies surrounded in a creamy cheesy sauce, it's one comfort-food dinner dish, for sure. Not to mention, it's a fabulous way to enjoy those ham leftovers.

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3.Baked Ham Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade mac and cheese with white sauce from scratch, lots of melty cheese, and the smoky flavor of ham combine beautifully for one super tasty dish.

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So easy, and so flavorful. Let your slow cooker do the work of preparing this delicious chowder!

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A family-favorite recipe created by my Mom.Monterey Jack-infused white sauce with ham and mushrooms make for a different & delicious twist on classic lasagna.

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Such an easy & tasty way to enjoy that leftover ham! Loaded with chopped ham, cheesy white sauce, and fabulous flavor, it's a deliciously different twist on classic spaghetti.

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Loaded with chopped ham and veggies in a cheesy white sauce,this creamy casseroleis certainly a fabulous recipe for enjoying leftover ham.

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Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with chopped ham, broccoli, and noodles,thisis one super tasty dinner dish. It's a perfectly delicious recipe for leftover ham, but so good you won't want to wait for those leftovers to make it!

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9.Make-Ahead Layered Spinach Salad

One beautiful-looking and delicious salad, loaded up with lots of tasty layers -- including a layer of chopped ham. It's a perfect way to do something just a little different with that leftover ham.

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Made with just a few basic ingredients, this simple macaroni salad is easy to pull together and loaded with flavor, too. Not to mention, it's a great dish for enjoying that leftover ham.

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Loaded with chopped ham, hash brown potatoes, melty cheese, and fabulous flavor,Ham & Cheese Hash Brown Casseroleis perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as a side or main dish for dinner.

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12. Overnight Asparagus Breakfast Casserole with Ham

Loaded with fresh asparagus, chopped ham, and fabulous flavor, this overnight casseroleis just perfect for spring brunch. Prepare it the day before, pop it in the oven in the morning, and get ready to dive into its deliciousness for breakfast or brunch. Or, enjoy it as a main dish for dinner like we often do. Either way, it's a winner, for sure!

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This tasty loaded-with-ham breakfast casserole has a surprise ingredient that packs tons of great flavor.

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Whip up a batch of these classic little party sandwiches, and watch them disappear! Just swap out the sliced deli ham for chopped leftover ham to enjoy these beauties with your leftovers.


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Or, give those ham party sandwiches a decidedly Hawaiian twist with a hearty and flavorful dose of pineapple. They'll be gobbled up in no time at your next party or game day get-together! Again, just swap out the deli sliced ham for chopped leftover ham.

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A super quick and easy dinner idea! Or, serve it up for a tasty everyday or gameday snack.

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Don't let that leftover ham bone go to waste! Grab your slow cooker and whip up a pot ofSlow Cooker Ham & Kidney Bean Soup~ truly easy, truly delicious.A classic, for sure.

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18. Pineapple-Ham Tortilla Roll-Ups

These tasty little bites are loaded with fabulous flavor from their combination of chopped ham, crushed pineapple, green pepper, onion, & chopped pecans. They're a perfect little bite for parties, lunchbox packing, or afternoon snacking. - And a perfectly delicious little way to enjoy that leftover ham!

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FAQs

What to do with an already cooked ham? ›

A fully cooked, ready-to-eat ham (also referred to as a "city ham") can be sliced and served cold or at room temperature—there's no need to reheat it. A spiral-cut ham is delicious this way, whether eaten by the slice, tucked into biscuits, or in a grilled cheese sandwich.

How long does cooked ham last in the fridge? ›

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ham is good for three to five days in the refrigerator after it is cooked. If you need more time to use up those leftovers, ham will last up to two months in the freezer. The USDA also recommends wrapping up leftovers well.

How long can a Christmas ham last in the fridge? ›

Christmas ham stored in the fridge, either on the bone or carved off and wrapped in plastic and foil, will keep perfectly well for up to two weeks. Ham wrapped in plastic and foil and then frozen will last in the freezer for up to a month.

How do you keep leftover ham moist? ›

Add up to ½ cup of chicken broth to keep the meat moist or opt for a couple of tablespoons of butter or oil to give the ham a nice sear.

How long is leftover precooked ham good for? ›

Information. Spiral-cut hams and leftovers from consumer-cooked hams may be stored in the refrigerator three to five days or frozen one to two months. Keep your refrigerator at 40 °F or less and your freezer at or near 0 °F.

Is a 2 year old frozen ham still good? ›

An uncooked, cut country ham can be refrigerated for two to three months or frozen for one month. A cooked Country Ham should be refrigerated for seven days and or frozen for one month. Freezer storage time is for quality only. Frozen hams remain safe indefinitely.

Can you eat cooked ham after 7 days? ›

Cooked ham can be stored in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two months. Make sure to store it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This will help to prevent the ham from drying out.

Is ham still good after 11 days? ›

Once you open a package of ham, or if it comes open — like if it was sliced at the deli counter— you can safely eat your leftovers for up to five days. In addition to these dates, it's always best to stick to the use-by date printed on the ham's package.

Can I eat ham that's been in the fridge for a week? ›

Both plastic-wrapped and vacuum-packaged hams must be refrigerated. A plastic-wrapped ham will keep about one week. A vacuum-packaged ham should be consumed by the “use by” date or within 1 week after the “sell by” date.

Is ham good after 8 days? ›

The outlet notes that cured and fully cooked spiral hams that have been opened and cooked at home will stay fresh in the refrigerator for three to five days afterward, while country ham lasts up to a full week.

Can dogs eat ham? ›

Is Ham Bad for Dogs? Ham is not toxic to dogs, but it's also not a healthy treat for them. So if your pup eats a little piece that fell to the floor, they should be totally fine. But feeding ham to your dog as a regular snack can cause some long-term health issues.

How long will an unopened spiral ham last in the refrigerator after? ›

A fully-cooked, unopened, vacuum-sealed ham can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, according to the USDA, but the clock starts ticking once you open that package. Sliced meat, like fresh cut ham or spiral-cut ham from the store, will last in the refrigerator for only three to five days.

Can you make dry ham moist again? ›

So what's the best way to (re)heat a Kentucky Legend ham? Place in an oven-safe baking dish. Cover top of ham with loosely wrapped aluminum foil to keep moisture in. Bake at 275 degrees F at 10 minutes per pound–or until meat thermometer reads 135 – 140 degrees.

How do you revive a cooked ham? ›

The goal is to reheat the ham without drying it out. The best way to do this is to place the ham on a rack in a roasting pan. Add water to the bottom of the pan and cover the whole thing tightly with foil. Bake at 325F for 16-20 minutes per pound, until a meat thermometer registers 135F.

Should I cook already cooked ham? ›

No. Both whole or half, cooked, vacuum-packaged hams packaged in federally inspected plants and canned hams can be eaten cold, right out of the package. However, if you want to reheat these cooked hams, set the oven no lower than 325 °F and heat to an internal temperature of 140 °F as measured with a food thermometer.

How do you heat up a precooked ham without drying it out? ›

The goal is to reheat the ham without drying it out. The best way to do this is to place the ham on a rack in a roasting pan. Add water to the bottom of the pan and cover the whole thing tightly with foil. Bake at 325F for 16-20 minutes per pound, until a meat thermometer registers 135F.

Can you eat a fully cooked ham without warming it? ›

Cooked canned ham and cooked vacuum-packaged ham, both from federally inspected plants, can be eaten right out of the package. All of these along with spiral-cut cooked ham are safe to eat cold or can be warmed to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C), as they are already fully cooked.

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