10 Things to Make With Leftover Ham

On Easter I had the most wonderful meal with my grandfather and his lovely girlfriend, Inger. Normally I do the cooking, but since it was just the three of us, I made a lemon cake for dessert and let Inger handle the rest of the dinner. She made a spectacular ham that was slow-cooked on the grill. It was juicy and smoky with a hint of sweetness thanks to a simple honey glaze. There was a lot leftover, so we split it evenly into thirds and I went home with a sizable piece of succulent ham. I’ve been enjoying it in different preparations over the past couple of days. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to use up leftover ham.

  1. Make a panini. Thinly slice the best sourdough you can find and generously coat one side with Dijon mustard. Top with grated cheese (gruyere, white cheddar, or manchego) and pieces of ham. Cook in a panini press until the bread is crisp and the cheese is melted.
  2. Make a cold ham sandwich. Slather whole wheat bread with mustard and mayonnaise, then layer ham, green leaf lettuce, tomato, pickles, and swiss cheese in between the bread.
  3. Top a cheese pizza with chunks of ham, roasted red peppers, and marinated artichoke hearts. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp.
  4. Make eggs Benedict and use the leftover ham instead of Canadian bacon.
  5. Fold chunks of ham into softly scrambled eggs. Pair with avocado toast.
  6. Cut the ham into long strips and add to a skillet with shallot and garlic. Throw in asparagus that has been sliced into 1-inch chunks and a little bit of cream. Toss the whole thing with cooked pasta, minced parsley, and lots of parmesan cheese.
  7. Add to lentil and vegetable soup.
  8. Finely mince the ham and sprinkle on top of deviled eggs.
  9. Make fried rice with diced ham, scallions, bay shrimp, mushrooms, and broccoli.
  10. Spread slices of baguette with creamy brie cheese. Top with pieces of ham and a few cracks of fresh black pepper for an easy appetizer or quick snack.

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