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Leftover Ham recipes

Updated on August 5, 2013


Every year at holiday time I end up with leftover ham. I hate to throw out food and I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people out there that feel the same way. After a couple of days of eating ham sandwiches I vow to never make ham for the holidays again.

However, by the following holiday I start to think longingly about the wonderful holiday meal with the family gathered and ohhing and awwing over the loaded table. And once again I make that oversized ham and end up with a pile of it left over.

This year I am prepared. I got together a few recipes to help me get over that leftover hump. I hope you find them useful also.

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Ham and potato casserole


2 cups leftover ham, chopped

2 cups potatoes, chopped

1 can salt-free corn, drained

2 tbsp low fat butter

1/4 cup onions, chopped

1/4 cup green peppers, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 cup flour

1 3/4 cups 1% milk

1 tsp salt substitute

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup low fat mexican blend shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot bring salted (salt substitute) water to boil.  Add chopped potatoes and boil until done but still firm and drain.

Combine potatoes, ham and corn and set aside in large casserole dish.

Saute onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until onion becomes transparent.  Stir in flour, blend well.  Gradually add milk, salt substitutse and black pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer for two minutes.

Pour over ham mixture, stir to mix.

Cover and bake for 25 minutes.

Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue to bake, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes more or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

This dish is great when served with a salad. 

Beans with ham


1 lb. dry Great Northern or Navy beans

1 cup leftover ham, coarsely chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1/4 cup brown sugar substitute

1 tsp salt substitute

1/4 tsp black pepper


Rinse beans and discard any rocks or bad beans.  Soak in eight cups of cold water overnight.

The next day, drain and rinse thoroughly.

Place beans in pot filled with 6 cups cold water.  Add ham, onion,brown sugar, salat substitute and black pepper.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 2 or more hours, until beans are tender.

It may be necessary to add more water as beans cook.


Ham and macaroni soup


Leftover hambone with some ham still attached 

Any extra ham you would like to throw in

1 can stewed tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes

1 small onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

3 - 4 stalks celery, chopped

2 - 3 cups cooked macaroni


Place ham bone in large pot and fill with enough water to cover bone.  Boil until meat falls off the bone.  Remove stripped bone from pot.

Add any extra ham you would like,stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, onions, green pepper and celery.  Cook on low for 2 hours.

15 minutes before you want to serve soup, add cooked macaroni to the pot and simmer.

This is a delicious soup that my husband has been making for our family for years.  It is great with homemade bread.  Or biscuits.


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, leftovers are always so good. Even better when you are able to use it in entirely new meals. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is the best part about having a good old ham bone with some meat attached...split pea soup and lentil soup! Yum. We also use it in similar recipes as you have shared here. Nice to remind folks that ham is good for many other uses.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wendy,thanks for reminding me about pea soup. I haven't made any in well, forever, I guess. I'll have to make some again soon.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Granny, I've been making many of them for eons- I think my grandmother is the one who startede all of us on this particular type of food.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      I love left over ham. I make bean soup or pea soup with the left overs.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I love ham. I too make some of these dishes. Thank you for the recipes