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These creative leftover Christmas ham recipes are the perfect way to repurpose those baked ham leftovers so that none of it goes to waste. Many of these leftover ham recipes can be frozen for later too, so you can make the most of your festive feast long after the Christmas celebrations have come to an end!
Creative Leftover Christmas Ham Ideas
My husband’s glazed ham is one of our family favourites every Christmas, but we always manage to end up with at least a week worth of leftovers after Christmas day.
For the first few days, while there are still salads and sides, it’s like having Christmas lunch over and again. Which is amazing!
But after that, when it’s just the ham left, the appeal starts to fade! So what can you do to keep those leftovers interesting?
Simple – Turn those leftovers into a whole new meal (or several meals) and enjoy a delicious twist on your extra Christmas ham!
How Long Can You Use Ham Leftovers?
Baked ham is typically safe to consume up to 5 days after cooking, so long as you ensure it has been stored and refrigerated safely.
If you want to keep your baked Christmas ham on the bone in the refrigerator, ensure that you have a proper ham bag and soak it in a water and vinegar solution to help keep your ham moist. This will help to preserve your meat and prevent it from drying out quickly.
Alternatively, if you are short on refrigerator space, you can carve up your ham into smaller portions and add to ziplock bags or refrigerator storage containers until you are ready to use them.
Can You Freeze Leftover Baked Ham?
If you have a large quantity of leftover ham, as we often do, you can also freeze your ham in smaller portions for use in recipes too. Ham is suitable to keep in the freezer for up to three months.
What To Make With Leftover Ham
From the leftover ham, you can make some of these quick and easy meal ideas:
- Homemade pizza with diced ham and other ingredients of your choice
- Fried rice with ham
- Ham and cheese omelette
Or try one of these leftover ham recipes instead:
Leftover Ham Casseroles & Bakes
One of the easiest ways to repurpose Christmas leftovers is into a delicious casserole or bake. Ham is the perfect ingredient for many different types of baked dishes.
- Leftover Ham & Turkey Cheesy Rice Casserole
- Cheesy Leftover Ham and Potato Casserole
- Easy Ham Breakfast Casserole
- Cheesy Ham Breakfast Bake
- Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe
Ham Soup Recipes
Put on a big batch of soup or chowder using your ham leftovers. Many soups can be frozen for later if you want to plan ahead and do some freezer cooking.
- Ham and Potato Chowder
- Leftover Ham and Potato Soup
- Slow Cooker Leftover Ham & Shredded Potato Soup
- Old-Fashioned Ham Bone Split Pea Soup
- Creamed Ham
Quiche, Frittata & Pie Recipes
Bake one of these delicious pie recipes using your glazed or baked ham recipes. A great family meal plan recipe. And of course, ham is a perfect ingredient for quiches and frittatas too!
Healthy Leftover Ham Recipes
While ham isn’t the leanest protein option, these healthy ham leftover recipes are great alternatives to some of the heavier recipe ideas. Just what the post-Christmas indulging may be calling for!
Pasta Leftover Recipes
A few easy pasta dishes with leftover ham are always good to have in your rotation and these ones are yummy ideas to feed the family after Christmas.
Snack & Lunchbox Recipes Using Ham Leftovers
Load the freezer with lunch box recipes for when school is back or make some yummy snacks to enjoy at home during the holidays with one of these simple between meals recipes.
More Leftover Ham Ideas
For light meal and snack ideas, or leftover ham recipes that don’t fit in the other categories, here are a few more ideas to inspire your upcoming meal planning:
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Instant Pot Ham Green Beans And Potatoes
- Homemade Ham Fried Rice
- Apple Ham and Cheese Sandwich
- Cubano Quesadillas
- Hawaiian Roll Ham and Swiss Sliders
- Loaded Cheesy Ham Stromboli
- Ham Meat Balls
- Southern Style White Beans and ham
Those Christmas ham leftovers will never go to waste with all these yummy leftover ham recipes to try. Enjoy several days of simple and delicious flavours and new meal ideas with your family as the holiday season winds down! Some of these recipes may soon become favourites throughout the rest of the year too!
For more holiday recipe ideas, check out these:
- Leftover turkey recipes & ideas
- Make-ahead breakfast ideas for Christmas morning
- Leftover candy cane ideas
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