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13 Ideas for Leftover Ham

Leftover Ham

When we say “city” ham, we’re talking about a wet-cured, hot-smoked ham. “Country” hams are dry-cured and often smoked. Both make delicious centerpiece dishes. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, skip the simple sandwiches and think: soups, stir-fries, mac & cheese, hash, and more.


Bean & Ham Bone Soup

This hearty soup puts the ham bone to excellent use. Pinto beans work fine, but if you can find them, bolita beans are creamier and a bit sweeter.

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Indonesian-Style Ham Stir-Fry

Spicy and sweet, this quick dinner needs only short-grain sticky rice to complete it.

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Rice & Lentils with Ham

Ham brings a salty-sweet savoriness to this twist on the Arabic dish mujaddara, a mix of lentils, rice, and aromatics found throughout the Middle East.

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Broccoli and Ham Quiche

The chunky filling of ham (you’ll need just a 1/2 cup diced), broccoli, and Gruyère practically makes this quiche a one-dish meal.

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Ham Lo Mein with Shiitake & Snow Peas

Have leftover Roasted Fresh Ham? This dish is a fun twist on takeout at home.

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Country Ham Relish

Served on crackers, endive leaves, or celery ribs, this sweet and salty relish makes an irresistible hors d’oeuvre. It’s also a delicious sandwich spread.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Peas and Ham

Peas and ham make a delicious addition to classic mac and cheese, while still keeping it kid-friendly.

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Ham & Polenta Spoonbread

Traditionally served in the South, spoonbread is a savory pudding-like dish that makes hearty breakfast fare (although it’s great for dinner, too). Here, it’s livened up with a dose of fresh herbs.

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Linguine with Clams, Sweet Potato & Country Ham

Bright and comforting, this brothy pasta dish combines the down-home flavors of sweet potatoes and country ham with the familiar Italian duo of linguine and clams.

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Potato & Ham Hash

One of the great things about ham is its versatility; it is wonderful in a breakfast dish like this one, for lunch or dinner.

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Sweet Potato, Ham, and Goat Cheese Salad

Sweet potatoes and maple-glazed ham (cut into 3/4-inch cubes) give this main-dish salad a chunky texture and sweet-salty flavor profile.

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Orecchiette with Ham and Peas in Cheese Sauce

In this dressed-up macaroni and cheese, orecchiette takes the place of tiny elbows, peas and ham add flavor and texture, and Grana Padano stands in for the usual Cheddar.

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Corn, Green Pepper, Ham, and Cheese Omelet

Just one slice of smoked ham makes this twist on a western omelet a hearty breakfast—or easy dinner.

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