The Christmas ham was stunning in its glory…but once the festivities are over, all you can focus on are those sad slices lingering in the fridge. Believe it or not, they’re about to be tonight’s amazing dinner. From simple ham and cheese sliders to cheesy ham mashed potato cakes to classic split pea soup, here are 32 leftover ham recipes that will make your holiday feast last forever.
32 Leftover Ham Recipes That Taste Just as Good on the Second Day
How long can you use leftover ham?
According to the USDA, spiral-cut hams and their leftovers can be kept in the fridge for three to five days. So, depending on when you bought that glorious ham, you have up to five days to eat it (or freeze it).
Can you freeze leftover ham?
You’re in luck: As long as your leftover ham is less than five days old, you can stash it in the freezer for one to two months, per the USDA.
1. Croque Madame Dutch Baby
Fluffy pancakes for dinner? That’ll be a “yes” for us.
2. Caramelized Pineapple Ham And Cheese Turnovers
This might be the most ingenious combo ever. It’s like Hawaiian pizza, but pinkies out.
3. Ham And Cheese Breakfast Casserole
The perfect lazy brunch dish after all the holiday festivities.
4. Schinkennudeln (ham & Cheese Pasta)
Mac and cheese lovers, this one’s for you. (There are two types of cheese!)
5. Ham And Sausage Hash Brown Egg Bake
This breakfast of champions takes only 10 minutes to prepare.
6. Overnight Ham And Cheese Strata
Now this is something we’d get out of bed for, post-holiday soirée.
7. Ham, Egg And Cheese Pockets
This childhood favorite is making a comeback (and hopefully this time it won’t scorch the roof of your mouth).
8. Cheesy Ham And Potato Soup
Comfort food is absolutely necessary once the glow of all the celebrations wears off.
9. Microwave Egg Caprese Breakfast Cups
You’ve never had pesto for breakfast? You’re in for a treat.
10. Cuban Sliders For A Crowd
Because nothing says “party” like mini sandwiches.
11. Ham Mashed Potato Cakes
Do it for the cheese pull.
12. Ham, Spinach And Swiss Stuffed Crepes
We’re never eating plain old sandwiches again.
18. Split Pea Soup With Ham
ICYMI, soup season is September through April. This one is going on our weekly rotation, leftover ham or not.
27. Ham, Egg, And Cheese Brunch Cups
We won’t tell if you sneak a few in the kitchen before serving at your cocktail party.
32. Ham Salad Sandwiches
A mayo-based salad made that also cleans out the fridge is the greatest holiday gift of all.