Top Baked and Leftover Ham Recipes

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    All About Ham

    Pulled Ham with Mustard Sauce
    Slow-cooker pulled ham with mustard sauce. Diana Rattray

    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...MORE 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.

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    Quick Uses of Leftovers

    Mini-Baked Ham Sandwiches
    Mini baked ham and cheese sandwiches. © Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.
    • 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

    Ham and Potato Hash
    Ham and Potato Hash. Diana Rattray

    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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    Slow-Cooker Pulled Ham

    Pulled Ham with Mustard Sauce
    Slow-Cooker Pulled Ham with Mustard Sauce. Diana Rattray

    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.


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    Southern Pinto Beans With Ham Hocks

    southern pinto beans with ham hock
    Southern Pinto Beans. Diana Rattray

    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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    Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

    Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
    Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole With Ham. Diana Rattray

    This overnight Crockpot Breakfast Casserole With Ham makes getting out of bed worth it; your hearty breakfast cooked while you slept.


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    Creamy Pasta With Ham and Asparagus

    Pasta with ham, asparagus, and cream.
    Creamy pasta with ham and asparagus. Diana Rattray

    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. 


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    Baked Ham With Pineapple

    baked ham with pineapple
    Baked ham with pineapple and fixings. Renée Comet StockFood Creative/Getty Images

     Pineapple and honey team up to make this delicious ham glaze for Baked Ham With Pineapple.

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    Penne Bake With Ham and Peas

    Penne Pasta With Ham and Peas
    Penne Pasta and Cheese With Ham and Peas. Diana Rattray

    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.


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    Buttermilk Biscuits With Country Ham

    Biscuits with Ham
    Biscuits with Ham. Diana Rattray

    Southern country ham is the best filling for these buttermilk biscuits with country ham. If you don't have it, use leftover sliced ham or deli ham.


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    Impromptu Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

    Breakfast Casserole
    Breakfast Casserole. Diana Rattray

    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.


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    Creamy Pasta With Broccoli, Parmesan Cheese, and Ham

    Penne Pasta With Cream, Parmesan Cheese, Broccoli, and Ham
    Creamy Pasta With Parmesan Cheese, Broccoli, and Ham. Diana Rattray

    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. 


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    English Pea Pesto Pasta With Ham

    spaghetti with green pea pesto and ham
    Pasta with English pea pesto and diced ham. Diana Rattray

    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.

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    Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Ham
    Macaroni and cheese with ham and crunchy topping. Diana Rattray

    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.


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    Chunky Potato and Ham Soup With Cheese

    Chunky Potato Soup With Ham
    Chunky Potato Soup With Ham. Diana Rattray

     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.

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    Party Ham Rolls

    party ham rolls, sliders
    Party ham rolls are tasty slider sandwiches. Diana Rattray

    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.

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    Baked Ham With Maple and Brown Sugar Glaze

    Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
    Maple and Brown Sugar-Glazed Ham. Rita Maas/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    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.


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    Easy Chicken and Ham Casserole With Sour Cream

    Chicken and Ham Casserole on Noodles
    Chicken and Ham Casserole. Photo: Diana Rattray

    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.

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    Hearty Lentil Soup With Leftover Ham

    Lentil Soup with Ham
    Lentil Soup with Ham. Photo: Diana Rattray

    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.


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    Western Omelet

    Western omelet cut in wedges. James Baigrie/The Image Bank/Getty

    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.

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    Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham

    Southern Red Rice With Ham
    Southern Red Rice. Diana Rattray

     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.

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    Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich

    monte cristo sandwich
    Classic French-toasted Monte Cristo sandwich. LauriPatterson E+/Getty Images

    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.

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Ham and Spinach
    Stuffed mushrooms with spinach and ham on a baking sheet. Diana Rattray

    These ​Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham are an excellent way to use leftover ham. The combination of spinach and Mozzarella cheese is delicious.

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    Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas and Ham

    Black-Eyed Peas With Ham
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    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.

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    Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham

    Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham
    Pasta Salad With Peas and Ham. Diana Rattray

    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.

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    Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes

    Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes. Photo: Diana Rattray

    This flavorful and colorful Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes is a great variation to serve during homegrown tomato season. 

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    Southern Ham Salad

    Ham Salad in Mini Bun
    Ham Salad in Mini Bun. Diana Rattray

    This recipe for Southern Ham Salad makes delicious sandwiches. Or serve the ham salad on lettuce leaves for a tasty and low-carb lunch.