If your refrigerator is still stuffed like a Thanksgiving Turkey with left overs, then you better get to eating. Take your individual ingredients and combine them to make these delicious recipes. Even if you don’t have a ton of left overs these recipes are still delicious and easy to whip up during the week.
Remember! Your ham may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. It can be frozen for up to three months. When storing an unused portion, wrap tightly removing as much air as possible.
Potato Cakes (8 cakes)
In my family, mashed potatoes are always left over simply because there is so much to eat. We often pack away a medium sized bowl, which provides plenty for making delicious potato cakes. These lightly fried cakes make a great side dish with dinner or breakfast. You could add various spices to them if you want, and don’t be afraid of using potatoes that have already been seasoned with garlic or other flavors. Do make sure though that your potatoes are creamy, we tend to leave ours lumpy so I simply give them a quick whip with the hand mixer before assembling.
2 C. cold mashed potatoes
2 T Vegetable Oil
2 T Unsalted Butter
½ C all-purpose flour, for dredging
1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
Divide the mashed potatoes into 8 equal portions. Use your hands to form 1/2-inch thick patties.
Heat the oil with the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Mix the flour with the salt and pepper in a dish. Coat the potato patties in the flour mixture. Add the potato cakes to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until they have formed a golden crust, 15 to 20 minutes. (Peek underneath using a spatula before turning.) Turn and cook the other side until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper and serve hot.
The Hammy Down (Food Network Magazine)
Depending on the size of your ham and your party, you could have left overs for a day or a week. If you want to make the most of your left overs, The Hammy Down makes a great lunch. You can whip up this sweet and tangy concoction that will adorn the ham giving it new life in a jiffy. The raisin bread and jelly compliment the saltiness of ham well. Choose your favorite flavors and make it your own.
½ C Mayonnaise
2 T Apple Jelly or Peach Preserves
¾ pound leftover ham, chopped
¾ c diced celery
½ c chopped toasted pecans
8 slices raisin-nut bread, toast lightly
8 slices Havarti cheese
8 Boston Lettuce Leaves
Mix the mayonnaise, apple jelly and chives in a large bowl until smooth. Pulse the ham in a food processor until finely chopped but not mushy. Toss the chopped ham, celery, celery leaves and pecans with the mayonnaise mixture until combined.
Lay 4 slices bread on a clean surface. Layer 2 slices of havarti on each, then top with a scoop of ham salad and 2 lettuce leaves. Close with the remaining 4 slices bread. Cut each sandwich in half.
Ham & Potato Casserole
After the holidays, returning to work and school can be hectic. This simple ham and potato casserole is easy to assemble then just pop in the oven. This is a great recipe for kids to help prepare. It is also comfort food to the core and is great on a cold night.
6 small to medium potatoes, cubed (peel russets)
3 T butter
2 C. fully cooked ham chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ c milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chop up your ham, onion and potatoes. In a greased 9 x 13 casserole pan, mix the ingredients together. Mix together milk, butter and cream of mushroom soup in a container then pour over potato mix. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45-6o minutes. Potatoes should be easy to pierce with a fork.
Bulked-Up Mac N Cheese
Pair the beloved kid approved classic Mac N Cheese with diced ham, and left over veggies. It’s a great way to make a meal the kids will love and clean out the fridge. If Mac N cheese is one of your left overs, well even better!
Classic Mac N Cheese (recipe here)
2 C chopped cooked Ham
2 C Assorted vegetables, chopped
1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Mix ham and vegetables into macaroni and cheese. Top with shredded cheese, (the extra cheese will help the bulked-up meal stay cheesy). Bake in a 9×13 pan at 400 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Ham & Cheese Omelets!
Egg dishes are an easy way to use up left overs. You can put any ingredient you like in them and kids can easily make their own if you lay out items in a line. Items such as mushrooms, ham, peppers, tomatoes, or any other vegetables you have lying around. Pick a favorite cheese. We often have just a few cheese cubes or slices left over from cheese and cracker trays, I throw them in a Ziploc and use them for meals like this. We throw all the chosen items into a chopper and make them roughly the same size.
2 Eggs per person
½ – ¾ c Blend of items
Salt N Pepper to taste
For omelets mix your eggs well in a container then pour into a skillet (pre-heat skilled at medium heat). Let cook about 1 min, pour ingredient blend on half then flip the non-topped half over to make a half moon shape. Flip after about 30 more seconds, depending on your ingredients it may be more dry or wet. Top with extra cheese if you want. *If you just prefer to mix everything as one, you can easily do the same thing as scrambled eggs.
Ham is extremely versatile and has many options at every meal, but don’t forget that you can freeze your ham and save it for later. Do you have a favorite meal to make with your family left overs? Share in the comment below.