5 Easy Holiday Ham Leftover Recipes

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5 Easy Holiday Ham Leftover Recipes

By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Paula always makes sure she cooks up a little extra ham every Easter so she has plenty for some of her favorite leftover recipes. These are her top five, but don’t forget you can also add a cup or two of roughly chopped ham to your favorite vegetable casseroles, soups or mac and cheese to take them from ordinary to extraordinary! The possibilities are endless. What is your favorite dish to make with leftover ham?

Ham Biscuit Filling

Hash Brown Quiche

Ham Salad

Three Meat Pasta

Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup

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Love your show Paula!  Here’s a great side dish to serve with ham.  Serve it warm or spread it cold on your ham sandwich. 


1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 – 20 oz. can unsweetened crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
cinnamon to taste (I use about 1/4 tsp.)

Dissolve cornstarch in warm water.  Mix in the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into an uncovered 1 qt. casserole dish (spray the inside with Pam first to help with clean up later).  Sprinkle top with more cinnamon.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.  Serve warm or spread cold on ham sandwiches.

By Dorene on April 08, 2010

I love to make a pot of ham and corn chowder.
Saute:  1 medium onion, chopped
      1/2 cup chopped celery
      1/2 cup chopped peppers (any color)
Add:  1 or 1 1/2 cups diced cooked potatoes
      1 or 1 1/2 cups diced ham
      Enough water to cover and have a bit extra
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Heat above ingredients to boiling.  Boil a few minutes.  Add 2 1/2 cups milk.  If it isn’t as thick as you like you can add some instant potato flakes (or you can add a can of cream of mushroom soup.)  Serve hot.  Sprinkle some cheese over the top, if desired.

If you have any left over carrots you can add them with the potatoes.

By Marilyn Wood on April 07, 2010

Hey Paula, Love your shows and your recipes. Ham Salad sounds good. Plan on fixing for lunch .

By jannie burkham on April 07, 2010

I love ham when i have it left over i use it in mac. salad, also in a omlet, and on pizza. I love all of Paulas recipes and all of her leftover ideas. Love you Paula

By Gayle Nelson on April 07, 2010

Enjoy hearing from you, I have several of your cook books, I love all of them and your magazines. Have tried several of your recipes.Thank you for your Ham recipes, I make ham salad after our Easter weekend. We eat a lot of Ham and Beans

By Barbara Burkhammer on April 07, 2010

All these recipes look yummy!  I remember my mother always cooking Ham and Egg Pie after Easter using leftover ham and boiled eggs.  It is so yummy.

By Jennifer on April 06, 2010

I used my leftover ham and leftover mac and cheese combine the two and warmed up ham and mac and cheese and then the ham bone is for a nice big pot of beans

By Cheryl Huffman on April 06, 2010

wish I could eat ham or even pork, but allergic( no details)  Had authentic cuban sandwich fingers, devil crabs and my potato salad. unfortunately I can’t eat the cuban sandwiches either…........ we also had veggies and fruit….

By vaness on April 06, 2010

First of all, I love you Paula.
This recipe I got out of a magazine but I love it.

Ham and Pea soup
8 oz ham Cut into bite size pieces
Tb canola oil
Fry ham in sauce pan for three minutes on each side without stirring
1 #10 can low sodium chicken stock
2 cups water
2 medium chopped carrots
2 stalks chopped celery
Bunch of chopped green onions
Few sprigs of fresh tarragon (if available, it has a very nice flavor)
Turn up heat and bring to boil
Lower to simmer add
10oz box frozen peas
Simmer covered for 10 minutes
Place in bowl and add the juice of ¼ fresh lemon

Serves four.

By Troy on April 06, 2010

Hey Paula, I need a recipe for ham & mac & cheese. My son had this at school , it was like a casserole.

By Teresa on April 06, 2010

Ham and Asparagus Pie!  My favorite leftover ham recipe.  Chop into bite size pieces enough ham for 4-6 servings.  Steam some fresh asparagus and cut into bite size pieces.  Make a white sauce by melting butter (about a stick) in a skillet and adding 1/3 cup flour, one tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp white pepper, whisking all together and then adding 2 cups milk or half and half.  Cook sauce till bubbly, and then add ham, asparagus. Pour into casserole and top with ready made pie crust and bake till crust is brown in a 350* oven. Yummy!  I have some leftover ham and this is what I will do with some of it.

By Penny Amann on April 06, 2010

i just love to use the ham after wards in a wonderful split pea soup.. its to die for..lol

By joan motta on April 06, 2010

We always have left over ham from Easter. We had some left-over peas. So I cooked some linguine, mixed in alfredo sauce, the peas and ham, spinkled with Parmesan Cheese and dinner was ready in 20 minutes.

By Christy on April 06, 2010

Looks like the soup recipe was added twice. Could we get the Three Meat Pasta recipe?


Love you Paula!

By Jackie on April 06, 2010

I Love to take ham slice it and roll pinto beans inside of it. Kinda like an enchilada. You put them in a baking pan and over the top pour red chili sauce. Then top each one with a fried egg. it is a yummy southwest twist on it. you can add cheese and tomatoes to them as well if you like.

By Jacki on April 06, 2010

When I click on the Three Meat Pasta recipe, the ham and bean soup recipe comes up.

By beth on April 06, 2010

I make a casserole,  put a little milk on bottom then layer thin sliced potatoes, ham and cheese ending with potatoes sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake 350 for about an hour.  Delicious.

By Deborah Sparkman on April 06, 2010

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