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All About Ham
Early American 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 you buy at the grocery store are fully cooked, so preparation is much easier. Just follow the package directions and heat to an internal temperature of 140... degrees. Brush glaze on during the last 30 minutes, if so desired.
If you're cooking a large ham, you'll probably have leftovers. You can freeze leftover ham for up to six months, but for best quality, use the ham no later than after two months in the freezer. Freeze whole cuts or meal-sized packages of diced ham for casseroles or larger pieces for flavoring beans, soups, or stews.
Choose from these recipes that use ham, from casseroles and breakfast dishes to soups and sandwiches.Continue to 2 of 27 below.
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Quick Uses of Leftovers
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- 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.
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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.Continue to 4 of 27 below.
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Slow-Cooker Pulled Ham
Smoked picnic ham from this recipe for Slow-Cooker Pulled Ham makes delicious pulled ham sandwiches. Use South Carolina mustard sauce or plain yellow mustard on the sandwiches.Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks
These basic Southern-style pinto beans are cooked in the slow cooker with ham hocks, bay leaves, and a few simple seasonings.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
This overnight Crockpot Breakfast Casserole With Ham makes getting out of bed worth it; your hearty breakfast cooked while you slept.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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Creamy Pasta With Ham and Asparagus
This easy pasta dish, Creamy Pasta With Ham and Asparagus, is a very simple combination of farfalle pasta and ham, cream, Parmesan cheese, and asparagus.Continue to 8 of 27 below.
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Baked Ham With Pineapple
Pineapple and honey team up to make this delicious ham glaze for Baked Ham With Pineapple.Continue to 9 of 27 below.
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Penne Bake With Ham and Peas
This creamy pasta combination, Penne Bake With Ham and Peas, includes diced ham, cheddar cheese, and peas. The pasta mixture is baked with a crunchy buttered breadcrumb topping.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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Impromptu Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole
This Impromptu Ham and Cheddar 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.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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Creamy Pasta With Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese, and Ham
This one-dish pasta casserole, Creamy Pasta With Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese, and Ham, 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.Continue to 13 of 27 below.
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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 pasta addition for this English Pea Pesto Pasta With Ham.Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham
Use leftover diced ham in this recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham or use ham from the deli. Optional green onions add some color to this tasty mac and cheese.Continue to 15 of 27 below.
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Chunky Potato and Ham Soup With Cheese
This recipe for Chunky Potato and Ham Soup With Cheese uses chunks of ham, cheddar cheese, and parsley. Add some chopped fresh spinach to the soup for garnish if desired.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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Party Ham Rolls
Take these party ham rolls to a party and watch them disappear. Party ham rolls are simple; you just need a flat of dinner rolls, sliced ham, cheese, and seasonings.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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Baked Ham With Maple and Brown Sugar Glaze
In this recipe for baked ham with maple and brown sugar glaze, the glaze gets extra flavor from maple syrup and apple juice. Use honey in the glaze if you prefer it to maple syrup.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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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 to make this Chicken and Ham Casserole With Sour Cream. The mixture is baked with a breadcrumb topping. Serve it with noodles or rice.Continue to 19 of 27 below.
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Hearty Lentil Soup With Leftover Ham
Use a meaty leftover ham bone, ham hocks, or leftover diced ham in this recipe for Hearty Lentil Soup With Leftover Ham. Greens are added to the soup to make it a hearty and well-rounded dish. Serve it with freshly baked cornbread.Continue to 20 of 27 below.
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This Western 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.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham
Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham, a 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.Continue to 22 of 27 below.
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Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich
A classic Monte Cristo sandwich is filled with a combination of sliced ham, turkey, and cheese. The sandwiches are battered with an egg mixture and fried like French toast.Continue to 23 of 27 below.
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Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham
These Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham are an excellent way to use leftover ham. The combination of spinach and Mozzarella cheese is delicious.Continue to 24 of 27 below.
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Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas and Ham
These Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas and Ham are perfect for a traditional New Year's Day dinner. This dish is made with ham, frozen black-eyed peas, and seasonings.Continue to 25 of 27 below.
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Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham
Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham is another great way to use ham. This easy summer salad is dressed with a combination of mayonnaise and ranch dressing.Continue to 26 of 27 below.
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Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes
This flavorful and colorful Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes is a great variation to serve during homegrown tomato season.Continue to 27 of 27 below.
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Southern Ham Salad
This recipe for Southern Ham Salad makes delicious sandwiches. Or serve the ham salad on lettuce leaves for a tasty and low-carb lunch.