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The next time you have leftover ham, start thinking about the other dishes you can make with it. Ham is full of flavor and is a great ingredient in casseroles, soups, and other recipes. This page contains recipes using leftover ham.


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Something different besides the same old sandwich!

Total Time: 30 minutes

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  • 1/2 lb ham (leftovers)
  • 1/4 cup stuffed green olives
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 10 hot dog rolls, split


  1. Cut ham and cheese into 1/4 inch cubes. Set aside
  2. Mix onion, eggs, olives, mayonnaise and chili sauce.
  3. Pour over ham mixtures.
  4. Toss until well blended.
  5. Put about 1/2 cup of mixture to each hot dog bun. Wrap each stuffed roll in 12-inch square of foil. Fold and twist ends tightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve hot.
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This is a family favorite and easy to make. Kids love it. It uses small slices of ham you have from left overs.



Take the left over ham cut in small slices or chunks put in a fry pan add water just to almost cover your ham about a cup of sugar bring to a boil.


Continue to simmer until water cooks down, and becomes a syrup serve with eggs and toast makes a great breakfast and kid love eating this.

Source: From a sister-in-law

By Penny from Whitehall, MI

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  • 1 pkg. macaroni and cheese dinner mix (7oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cup diced fully cooked ham or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted


Prepare macaroni and cheese mix according to package directions, except do not add salt to water. Stir ham or chicken, cottage cheese, sour cream, onion and pepper into prepared macaroni and cheese.

Transfer to 1 1/2 qt. casserole. Combine bread crumbs, melted butter and sprinkle over casserole. Bake in 375 degrees F. oven for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serves 4.


By Robin from Washington, IA

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  • 2-3 cups cooked ham, cubed
  • 2 quarts. fresh green beans
  • 1 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6-8 cups tomato juice


Lightly brown ham cubes and onion in shortening. Add green beans and tomato juice to cover. Heat to bubbling, then reduce heat and simmer until beans are cooked. Serve in soup bowls. Pumpernickel bread goes really well with this soup!

By Robin from Washington, IA

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November 26, 2004

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, mix mashed potatoes and mustard. Spread potato mixture in the bottom of a greased 8-inch square baking pan.

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December 7, 2011

I freeze the juice from a cooked ham, then use it to season green beans and other vegetables. Although frozen, I can take out whatever amount I need and put the container back in the freezer. No need to divide before freezing.


By Dee from TX

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March 20, 2007

Here are some ways to make use of ham leftovers:

What recipes do you make with leftover ham? Post them below.

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Mom and daughter have a list of places to buy the best ham. We look for a large ham with a bone in and trimmed. Bake the ham with a few spices and no sugar or too much sweet things on it. If you sweeten it, it won't make a good soup or other main dish

  1. We cut an area of meat off to have for dinner after it is baked.

  2. We cut the remaining after dinner, the wait is so the meat is firm and easy to cut. We have a favorite breakfast omelet so small cuts are bagged to use for that.

  3. Next is a stew. This stew contains potatoes, carrots and onions and a little bigger cuts.

  4. The soup is from the hambone with peas, carrots onions, garlic and soup spices. Then the big dog gets it.

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December 28, 2009

What can I do with leftover ham? I cooked two, because they were cheap thinking my kids would eat sandwiches but, no. I need to disguise it.

By paula from Hot Springs, AR


December 28, 20090 found this helpful

Split pea soup w/ham is a favorite of mine. There is usually a recipe on the bag of split peas. I also like scalloped or au gratin potatoes with ham added. Makes a delicious main dish.


Ham is good in a grilled cheese sandwich. Chop the ham and add it to eggs/omelets. You can try grinding it up and make ham salad with it. Kids may eat it this way. Personally, I find it revolting.

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December 28, 20090 found this helpful

Ditto to what OliveOyl suggested. Also ham balls in sauce. I never cared for it but everyone else around here does. I like ham in mac & cheese or any type of bean dish like Calico Beans or soup. Ham is good in quiche or a Bisquick style Impossible pie. If sliced thinner we like to roll up the ham slices (cold) with potato salad in the middle. Use it finely diced into pancakes or waffles. Or chopped for use in a salad or on baked potatoes. You could put ham in a breakfast syle burrito with eggs, cheese etc. Or use in fried rice.

You can always freeze some for use later but works best if it isn't sliced too thinly.

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December 28, 20090 found this helpful

My Kids always loved grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. Also mac'n'cheese withs ham.Make wraps with sliced ham and any lettuce, pickles, cheese etc, and slice into pinwheels for easy snacking.

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December 29, 20090 found this helpful

My grandchildren love macaroni and cheese and ham. You can also make a ham salad for sandwiches or a lunch dish and put diced ham in omelets, The ham bone is great for making split pea soup.


You can also freeze leftovers to use in these dishes later on.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

Drench in milk and brown sugar and slow cook in crock pot or in slow oven. Serve with mac and cheese and homemade biscuits. I bet you they won't turn it down.

Saute' some leftover ham in a stick of butter. Add 1/2 cup flour to make a nice rue. Add heated milk and it will bubble into a nice gravy for toast, noodles, potatoes, or biscuits.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

My mom used to make salmon cakes for my brother and I when we were little. She mixed up onion, canned salmon, an egg, and some kind of breading. She fried it in small patties about 2 or 3 inches diameter in oil. I don't think normally we would have volunteered to eat salmon, but we used to fight over it. Maybe you could make something like that.

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December 31, 20090 found this helpful

Here's one of the things I make with leftover ham. It goes over well with the family:

Delicious Ham & Potato Soup

3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper,
or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk

1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.

2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

Note: I cook longer than recipe calls for

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December 31, 20090 found this helpful

Ham Casserole

2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1 large carrot, sliced
2 celery ribs, chopped
3 cups water
2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
7 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

1. In a saucepan, bring the potatoes, carrot, celery and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook about 15 minute or until tender. Drain. In a large skillet, saute the ham, green pepper and onion in 3 tablespoons butter until tender. Add to the potato mixture. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
2. In a saucepan, melt the remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add cheese and stir until melted. Pour over the ham mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

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December 31, 20090 found this helpful

Hearty Ham Casserole

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
2 cups diced cooked potatoes
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or process American cheese

In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside. In a saucepan, saute onion in butter for 2 minutes; stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; pour over the ham mixture and stir until combined. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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April 9, 20101 found this helpful

Try Ham and Bean soup!

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December 28, 2009

I am wondering if anyone has any ideas for using leftover cooked ham. There is only hubby and myself and we have plenty of leftover ham so I wondered about a nice soup or something. Does anyone have any ideas using ingredients that most would have on hand?

Yvonne from Ontario


Leftover Ham and Pierogies

I thought I would share this really easy and tasty recipe using leftover ham.


  • 1 box of store bought pierogies
  • a small onion
  • butter
  • left over ham

Thaw the pierogies in water. Brown the onion and ham in a pan in the butter. Add the pierogies and cook a few minutes to brown all together.


By Danielle from PA (01/10/2006)

By ThriftyFun

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Freeze your ham in little cubes and take out for omelets or seasoning. I also just made an Italian vegetable soup that was really easy and good. Put a bag of frozen mixed vegetables with canned diced tomatoes, ham, water, a couple of beef bouillon cubes and Mrs. Dash in a crock pot and simmer for 8-10 hours or on the stove for a couple of hours. (01/10/2006)

By imblessed211

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

This is so delicious, you can make a smaller amount. Enjoy.

Macaroni and Ham Casserole

  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green bell pepper (about half of a small bell pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs, tossed with a few teaspoons melted butter

Cook and drain macaroni, following package directions; place in a large mixing bowl. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium low heat. Add chopped onion, mushrooms, and chopped green bell pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until onion is softened and mushrooms are browned. Add skillet mixture to macaroni with chopped olives, shredded cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, ham, and milk; stir gently to mix thoroughly. Transfer to a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle buttered bread crumbs over the top of macaroni and ham casserole; bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 35 minutes, or until ham casserole is bubbly and breadcrumbs are lightly browned.

Macaroni ham casserole serves 6. (01/10/2006)

By GraNita

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Oh, man. Pinto beans and ham, the best with cornbread and a little chopped onion on the side. Yum. (01/10/2006)


Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Fried rice is a good way to used cubed ham leftovers. I just throw some butter in with cooked rice and brown it with a couple of green onions and a cup of diced ham and a scrabbled egg. Fast and easy. (01/10/2006)

By Vi Johnson

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Had another thought. I freeze a few 1-2 inch thick slices to use as ham steaks. Freeze them one or two to a freezer bag and then defrost and brown in a skillet for a fast ham and cheese sandwich with a bowl of soup for supper. (01/10/2006)

By Vi Johnson

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Well, it depends on the ham. I like to take smoked, sugar cured ham, slice it thin, and brown it on my griddle in a thick pile. Then turn it over and cover it with cheese slices so they can begin to melt (I like good sharp cheddar, but anything will work). Then spread a large burger bun with lots of mayo and barbecue sauce, put the ham and cheese on the bun, and grill the sandwich on the griddle to toast top and bottom and continue to melt cheese. This makes a quick and easy sandwich, though if you use as much mayo and sauce as I do they tend to be messy. (01/11/2006)

By Warren D. Lockaby

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

I'm another fan of scalloped potatoes and ham. I make my own and it's yummy. Peel and slice the potatoes thin, but not too thin, set aside. Cut up ham into small pieces, set aside. Cut up a stick of butter into small bits (or use less if you want), set aside. Chop up a small onion into really small bits (use less if you're not crazy about onions), set aside. You will also need some white flour and milk.

Start layering these items in a glass oven proof dish beginning with a little butter. Cover the bottom with the potatoes, sprinkle on the onions and ham and a little flour. The flour thickens up everything. Continue making layers (don't forget the butter) until the dish is full. Make sure the very top has a little butter on it. Now pour in milk slowly all around until the dish has about 1/4 inch of milk in it. Not too much and not too little or it will spill over in your oven. Cover the dish and bake on 350 for about an hour depending on the size of dish you are using.

Check the tenderness of the potatoes occasionally by sticking a fork in them. If you want your potatoes a little brown on top, uncover the dish during the last 10-15 min. of cooking. Allow the dish to stand and cool for awhile so the flour and milk have a chance to thicken. This casserole tastes better the next day when all the flavors have had a chance to "meld" together. This, to me, is a complete meal, but you can serve it however you like. (01/11/2006)

By sandra johnson

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

My grandma used to put the leftover ham/ham bone in a pot covered with water. Add diced onion, sliced carrots and celery, a dollop of ketchup, and some barley. Bring to a boil, then let simmer until the barley was done. Absolutely wonderful on a cold winter day. I still make this comfort food. Yum. (01/11/2006)

By susan

Recipes Using Leftover Ham

I used left over ham in mustard greens and cabbage, it has a great taste. (01/11/2006)

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