Ham is an ideal summer food because it is purchased fully cooked and ready to use. Of course, it's also traditional at Easter, when most people have tons of leftovers. The tender texture and sweet and salty flavor blend well in many recipes and with many ingredients. And most kids really like ham. Think about tossing some ham together with pasta, tomatoes and cheese, throw some chopped ham into a stove-top omelet or your favorite potato salad, or set out ingredients, including thin sliced ham, for make your own sandwiches.
When you find canned or vacuum packed ham on sale in your local supermarket, buy a few and store according to the package directions, paying particular attention to sell-by and use-by dates. You can freeze ham for 1-2 months, but the texture and flavor will change and once thawed, the ham should be used only in cooked dishes for best results.
A few years ago, I discovered center-cut ham slices. These 1" thick slabs of ham are ideal cooked on the grill, glazed with mustard and honey, or served with salsas that you can make from scratch or purchased salsas dressed up with some fresh ingredients.
Start With Ham
- Ham Sandwiches with Blueberry Chutney
This chutney is marvelous with ham, or chicken or roast beef.
- Ham Filo Roll
This beautiful recipe is a perfect brunch main dish.
- Cold Ham Sandwich Pizza
This cold pizza is like an open-faced sandwich.
- Grilled Ham Salad
Salty and smoky grilled ham pairs beautifully with a peach and honey mustard dressing, served on salad greens.
- Cheesy Ham Pasta
Double cheddar pasta sauce is the secret ingredient in this wonderful and warming recipe.
- Ham and Cheese Sandwiches in Rye Bread
This unusual way of making sandwiches is perfect for a picnic or potluck.
- Ham Melon Salad
Rotini pasta, celery, and juicy and sweet cantaloupe pair with ham in this wonderful salad.
- Muffuletta Sandwiches
Muffuletta is a flavorful olive and garlic spread that's perfect as an appetizer or a sandwich spread.
- Ranch Ham Salad
This wonderful five ingredient salad recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner.
- Crunchy Ham Salad
Celery and red onion provide the crunch in this flavorful pasta salad.
- Peach Glazed Ham Steak
Brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and peach preserves make a fabulous glaze on tender ham steak.
- Grilled Ham with Pineapple-Cherry Salsa
This pineapple salsa is delicious served with chips as an appetizer too, and it's perfect with smoky grilled ham.
- Stuffed Ham Sandwiches
With a deli vegetable salad and four more ingredients, you can make this sandwich in about 10 minutes.
- Ham Tortellini Caesar Salad
Caesar salad dressing is delicious with tender tortellini and salty ham in this easy recipe.
- Ham and Rotini Primavera
Summer squash and potatoes, with pasta and ham, make a wonderful dinner recipe.
- Ham and Swiss Quiche
This classic quiche is delicious and gorgeous.
- Crockpot Chutney Ham
Cooking ham in the slow cooker keeps it tender and juicy every time.