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Ham Recipes

A Variety of Recipes and Ideas for Leftover Ham


Creamy Pasta With Ham and Asparagus

Creamy Pasta With Ham and Asparagus

Diana Rattray
Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

Photo: Diana Rattray
Mustard Greens With Ham

Mustard Greens With Ham

Photo: Diana Rattray

Early settlers first started curing pork through the winters in the 1600s, making the prized ham a tradition on the Easter table. In Mrs. Hill's New Cookbook, written in the 1800s, Annabella Hill gives detailed instructions for boiling a ham, beginning with a note on how frequently hams are not cooked properly.

Today, most hams are fully cooked, so preparation is much easier. Basically, follow the package directions and heat to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Brush glaze on during the last 30 minutes.

If you're cooking a large ham, you'll probably have leftovers. You may freeze leftover ham for up to 6 months, but for best quality, the NFSD recommends 2 months. Freeze whole cuts or meal-sized packages of diced ham for casseroles, or larger pieces for flavoring beans, soups, or stews. Here are a few quick ideas for using leftover ham:


  • Scrambled eggs, fritattas, stratas, or omelets.
  • Add to your favorite macaroni and cheese casserole.
  • In scalloped or au gratin potatoes, from a mix or homemade.
  • Add to corn pudding or casserole.
  • Sliced, in sandwiches.
  • Diced and added to appetizers like tortilla rolls.
  • Add to Alfredo sauce with chopped green onions for a tasty pasta-topper.



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