Turning Leftover Ham Into Meals – Frugal Tip

Often the most expensive part of a holiday meal (and most dinners for that matter) is the meat. After Christmas (or Easter), we tend to have quite a bit of ham leftover. Eating the same holiday meal warmed up again, works well for the day after, but it’s not something I want to eat for 3 or 4 days in a row. Instead, why not use that leftover ham for a variety of dishes over the coming days. Some of these can also be frozen and served later if you’re getting tired of ham.

On a cold winter day, there’s nothing better than a warm cup of soup, especially if that soup practically cooks itself. Give this Crockpot Ham and Potato soup a try.

delicious smoked and sliced  ham on a board with knifeFor a simple breakfast, scramble up some eggs and add a little sliced ham and some grated cheese to it. Or make up your favorite breakfast casserole and substitute ham for bacon or sausage.

Make up a batch of homemade macaroni and cheese or potato salad and add some chopped ham for a quick dinner. Add some leftover veggies or a side salad and dinner is ready.

Or try this Ham and Potato Crockpot Casserole. It’s quickly becoming a family favorite around here.

For lunch, slice up the ham to make ham and cheese sandwiches, or make up a batch of deviled ham to serve on crackers.

Last but not least, don’t forget to set aside a little ham to make a pot of pinto beans. You don’t need a lot to add a bunch of flavor. Just toss those little odds and ends in a freezer bag, and freeze them. When you’re ready to make your beans, just pour the frozen ham in there at the beginning.

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Comments

  1. Annie says

    I make a pasta dish with leftover ham, it’s a welcome change to all the Christmas food.
    I boil some spaghetti or linguine, and in a large skillet sautee onions, chopped ham and any veggies (like peppers, zucchini, broccoli, whatever). I add a little evaporated milk, and black pepper, then toss the cooked pasta through the sauce.
    Simple, tasty and something different :)

  2. Annie says

    Also, turkey and/or chicken can be shredded and pan fried, and added to salads to make a warm chicken/turkey salad. The pan frying makes the meat crispy and makes a simple salad filling, but light enough if you’re stuffed from the holiday meals. I freeze bags of shredded turkey and chicken specifically for this, for later dates.

  3. Julie Anne says

    One of the best flavorful tips I have been given is to cook the ham bone in the water before adding the beans for a good half hour then add the beans in. You then give your chopped veg (onion garlic, carrot, celery, etc…) a good fry in some olive oil adding in some flour, slat pepper and whatever flavoring you are wanting then put it in with the beans and water and let it go a few hours – voila!! nice seasoned richly brothed beans!!

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