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Early settlers first started curing pork through the winters in the 1600s, making the prized ham a tradition on the Easter table. In Mrs. Hill's New Cookbook, written in the 1800s, Annabella Hill gives detailed instructions for boiling a ham, beginning with a note on how frequently hams are not cooked properly.
Today, most hams are fully cooked, so preparation is much easier. Basically, follow the package directions and heat to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Brush glaze on during the... last 30 minutes.
If you're cooking a large ham, you'll probably have leftovers. You may freeze leftover ham for up to 6 months, but for best quality, the NFSD recommends 2 months. Freeze whole cuts or meal-sized packages of diced ham for casseroles, or larger pieces for flavoring beans, soups, or stews.
Here are a few quick ideas for using leftover ham:
- Add diced ham to scrambled eggs, frittatas, breakfast casseroles, or omelets.
- Add chopped or slices of ham to your favorite macaroni and cheese casserole.
- Dice leftover ham and use it in scalloped or au gratin potatoes.
- Add diced ham to corn pudding or casserole.
- Sliced ham makes excellent sandwiches.
- Diced ham can be added to many appetizers like these tortilla rolls.
- Add leftover ham to Alfredo sauce with chopped green onions for a tasty pasta-topper.
Choose from the following 50 recipes using ham, from casseroles and breakfast dishes to soups and sandwiches.Continue to 2 of 50 below.
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Easy Ham and Potato Hash
This easy ham and potato hash lends itself to all kinds of variations. The basic hash is made with onions and bell peppers, but feel free to change it up a bit and use green onions or chopped red bell pepper for extra color and flavor.
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Creamed Eggs with Ham and Asparagus
This creamed ham and asparagus with hard-boiled eggs makes a fabulous brunch or breakfast dish. Serve the creamed ham over split biscuits or toasted English muffins.
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Slow Cooker Pulled Ham
Smoked picnic ham makes delicious pulled ham sandwiches. Use the South Carolina mustard sauce or plain yellow mustard on the sandwiches.
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Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks, Crock Pot
These basic Southern style pinto beans are cooked in the slow cooker with ham hocks, bay leaves, and a few simple seasonings.
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Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
This overnight crock pot breakfast casserole makes getting out of bed worth it - your hearty breakfast cooked while you slept!
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Creamy Pasta With Ham and Asparagus
This easy pasta dish is a very simple combination of farfalle pasta and ham, cream, Parmesan cheese, and asparagus.
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Baked Ham With Pineapple
Pineapple and honey team up to make this delicious ham glaze.
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Penne Bake With Ham and Peas
This creamy pasta combination includes diced ham, cheddar cheese, and peas. The pasta mixture is baked with a crunchy buttered bread crumb topping.
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Impromptu Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole
This breakfast casserole is made with whatever bread you have on hand, along with eggs, ham, and cheddar cheese. The dish takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then it bakes to perfection in about 45 minutes.
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Creamy Pasta With Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese, and Ham
This one-dish pasta casserole is a snap to prepare, and it makes a delicious family meal. Cook the pasta, quickly steam the broccoli and stir-fry the ham and garlic for a few minutes.
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English Pea Pesto Pasta with Ham
The natural sweetness and vivid green color of English peas make them a great addition to pesto. This pesto is easy to make and a delicious and easy pasta addition.
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham
Use leftover diced ham in this dish or use ham from the deli. Optional green onions add some color to this tasty mac and cheese.
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Ham with Beer Glaze
This flavorful baked ham is baked with beer and then it is finished with a brown sugar and beer glaze. Vinegar and dry mustard add extra flavor to the glaze.
If the beer glaze doesn't appeal to you, take a look at this baked ham with cola and maple glaze.
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Chunky Potato and Ham Soup With Cheese
This potato soup is made with chunks of ham, cheddar cheese, and parsley. Add some chopped fresh spinach to the soup.
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Broiled Ham Steak With Sweet Mustard Glaze
This broiled ham steak makes a quick and super easy busy day dinner, or serve the ham for a small family holiday meal. It's great with baked or mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, along with green beans, peas, or a tossed salad.
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Party Ham Rolls
Take these little sliders to a party and watch them disappear! Party ham rolls are made with a flat of dinner rolls, sliced ham, cheese, and seasonings.
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Baked Ham With Maple and Brown Sugar Glaze
The brown sugar glaze on this delicious baked ham gets extra flavor from maple syrup and apple juice. Use honey in the glaze if you prefer it to maple syrup.
This Jack Daniel's glazed ham is another popular recipe.
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Easy Chicken and Ham Casserole with Sour Cream
Sliced cooked ham and chicken breasts are combined in a simple sour cream and condensed soup sauce. The mixture is baked with a bread crumb topping. Serve it with noodles or rice.
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Slow Cooker Cola Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze
This easy crock pot ham recipe is very popular and super easy. It is made with a fully cooked ham, brown sugar and mustard, and cola. You may use either light or dark brown sugar in the glaze for the recipe.
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Hearty Lentil Soup with Leftover Ham
Use a meaty leftover ham bone, ham hocks, or leftover diced ham in this tasty lentil soup. Greens are added to the soup to make it a hearty and well-rounded dish. Serve it with freshly baked cornbread.
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Mustard Greens With Ham
These are delicious with fresh baked cornbread and pepper sauce or vinegar. Make the included homemade pepper vinegar sauce if you can't find it locally.
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Hash Brown Casserole With Ham and Cheese
Serve this hash brown casserole along with a hearty breakfast or dinner. This casserole can be served as a side dish or main dish.
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Hearty Ham and Bean Soup
The great flavor in this soup comes from the long simmering. Add a ham bone or ham hock for the extra smoky flavor. It is an excellent way to use leftover ham!
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This omelet can be made in individual portions for sandwiches. If you are making western sandwiches, use a smaller pan for individual sandwich-size portions. The classic western sandwich is typically topped with ketchup. Add some Sriracha sauce to your ketchup for a little kick.
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Baked Ham Slice with Barbecue Sauce
This ham is baked with a tasty homemade barbecue sauce. The sauce takes only about 5 or 10 minutes to fix. It's great with sweet potatoes!
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Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham
This version of Southern red rice includes both bacon and ham. Green onions are added to the rice along with chopped onions for extra flavor and color and diced tomatoes provide the moisture.
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Crock Pot Potato and Ham Casserole With Cheese
These crock pot scalloped potatoes are made with the addition of ham and cheese. A simple condensed soup sauce makes it a snap to prepare. Just slice the potatoes and onions and layer everything in the slow cooker.
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Crock Pot Bean Soup With Ham
Bean soup is comfort food, especially on a chilly fall or winter day. This soup is cooked with simple seasonings and a ham bone or diced ham. Add some chopped celery and carrots or make it with just onions as well.
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Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich
These classic sandwiches are filled with a combination of sliced ham, turkey, and cheese. The sandwiches are battered with an egg mixture and fried like French toast.
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Glazed Ham Loaf
Grind leftover ham in a food grinder or food processor and make this tasty ham loaf. The tangy brown sugar and vinegar mixture makes the perfect glaze.
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Variations
Add diced cooked ham to this easy crock pot version of everyone's favorite casserole: macaroni and cheese.
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Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham
These stuffed mushrooms are an excellent way to use leftover ham. The combination of spinach and Mozzarella cheese is delicious.
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Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Add cooked bacon or diced ham to this rich Brussels sprouts gratin.
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Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze
Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and a hint of cinnamon get together in the glaze for this baked ham.
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Crockpot Black Eyed Peas and Ham
These black-eyed peas are perfect for a New Year's Day dinner. This dish is made with ham, frozen black-eyed peas, and seasonings.
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Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham
Pasta salad is another great way to use ham. This easy salad is dressed with a combination of mayonnaise and ranch-style dressing.
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Ham and Spaghetti Casserole with Mushrooms
This all-in-one casserole is a combination of spaghetti, ham, an easy mushroom sauce, and cheese.
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Slow Cooker Potatoes With Country Ham
This surprisingly easy potato dish is cooked in the slow cooker. It's a simple combination of potatoes, country ham, rosemary, and garlic.and garlic.
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Cheddar Mashed Potato and Ham Bake
Use freshly made or leftover mashed potatoes and leftover ham to make this easy layered casserole.
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Baked Ham with Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Glaze
Bourbon and mustard flavor this fabulous baked ham.
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Southern Ham Salad
This ham salad makes delicious sandwiches. Or serve the ham salad on lettuce leaves for a tasty luncheon.
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Sharon's Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup With Ham
Dry beans, a ham bone or ham hocks, and seasonings make this a tasty soup, and easy on the budget. There are lots of possibilities for additions, including some herbs, various vegetables, bacon, and others.
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Easy Slow Cooker Ham and Corn Chowder
A slow cooker, condensed soups, leftover ham, and frozen corn make this a fuss-free and delicious soup for quick winter meals.