I don’t know about you, but in our house, one of the best things about the holiday season is allllllll of the leftovers.
Leftover ham, leftover turkey, leftover mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, roasted veggies, gravies and sauces, etc., etc., etc. I get giddy just thinking about it!
Thanks to my deep freeze and some creativity, I take all of those extras and reinvent them into tons of delicious meals! No one ever suspects they’re still eating holiday leftovers well after the fact. 😉
Which is why I’ve put together a list of 30+ of my favorite leftover ham recipes below – all kinds of soups, pastas, casseroles, you name it!
How to Store Leftover Ham
Leftover ham is great to store refrigerated or frozen.
Store Leftover Ham In the Fridge: I prefer to keep a small amount of leftovers in the fridge to use in the days immediately after, and freeze the rest. Leftover ham will keep for 3-5 days when refrigerated airtight.
Freeze Leftover Ham: I find that the best way to freeze ham is cooked and cubed, in small freezer bags. This way it’s ready to thaw whenever the occasion calls! If you have a large piece of ham to freeze, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, plus an extra layer of aluminum foil to help protect from freezer burn.
You’ll also find that many of the recipes in this list are great for making ahead and freezing, too! So you can double-up on the convenience with pre-made meals.
Tips for Success
Most ham is pre-cooked. Most hams from the grocery store are already fully cooked or cured.For this reason, you can add any leftover ham right into the recipes below! No need to worry about cooking through or heating first, since that part’s already out of the way.
Avoid drying out leftover ham. Because ham is a lean meat, be sure to reheat it covered, and with a spoonful of broth or water. Unless you’re reheating ham in a saucy casserole, soup, pasta, or rice dish, in which case it will absorb the sauce or liquid in the dish.
30 Ways to Use Leftover Ham
If you’re looking for a little leftover inspiration, these easy leftover ham recipes will make your holiday ham go even further after the main event!
Did I mention I love casseroles? Have your twice baked potato in the form of a delicious, comforting baked dish that uses up your leftover mashed potatoes as well as ham! If this easy casserole isn’t perfect, I don’t know what is.
The morning after the big event just got a whole lot more delicious! Take any remnants of ham and whip them into a savory, healthy breakfast skillet. It only takes 6 ingredients, and your day will be off to the best start possible.
Have all the decadence you want in a holiday meal, only packed with healthy ingredients! This white chicken lasagna uses up your leftover ham and combines it with spinach in a creamy, lighter homemade Alfredo sauce.
A tropical paradise for your tastebuds, in the form of sweet and savory Hawaiian sliders! And not just because they’re made on Hawaiian rolls. These babies are filled with salty ham, juicy pineapple, and cheese – we can’t forget the melty cheese!
In the days after holiday festivities, sometimes all I’m craving is a really good salad. Leftover ham is perfect to chop up for this easy cobb salad, loaded with fresh veggies and extra protein from the hard boiled eggs.
Another perfect way to put leftovers to good use? Toss them over a homemade pizza! Leftover ham is the star in this crazy easy (and crazy tasty) recipe that uses store bought pizza dough, topped with stringy mozzarella and onions.
Cheese, broccoli, and ham really are a combination like no other. This recipe takes this delicious combo of ingredients and transforms them into a savory and extra-cheesy rice casserole that’s great for weeknight dinners.
This one pot dinner definitely fits the bill for a leftover meal: it’s easy, it’s delicious, and there’s hardly any clean up! A cheesy pasta recipe loaded with leftover pieces of succulent ham is just what your family dinner calls for.
Hawaiian-inspired rice is sweet, savory, and so full of flavor you’ll be going back for seconds and thirds! This dish takes 20 minutes to make, brimming with chunks of ham and fruity bits of pineapple.
If you’ve never experienced the sheer joy that is a Monte Cristo sandwich, it’s about time that you did! It’s the perfect way to use your leftovers in a fun twist on the classic ham and grilled cheese sandwich. This version is so incredibly delicious!
Skip the chicken and make this veggie-filled and easy ham pot pie! This recipe uses simple, common ingredients that come together for a seriously delicious dinner. It only takes about an hour, and the results are so flavorful!
Not your regular baked ziti, this creamy casserole is jazzed up with ham and spinach for a filling family meal. You’re going to love the comforting flavors of this leftover ham casserole, I know I sure do!
This recipe takes the bone-in ham from your holiday table and makes it into a soothing and hearty soup. Pieces of leftover ham swim in a homemade ham bone broth with veggies, potatoes, and savory herbs.
A savory waffle recipe you’re going to be making again and again (or making ahead and freezing for an easy breakfast, any day of the week!). These ham and cheese waffles are loaded with leftover ingredients and easy to make in the waffle maker!
Tender chunks of juicy ham, fresh veggies and northern beans mingle together in an easy soup that seriously warms the soul! This soup recipe is perfect to make with leftover ham, ready in only 30 minutes.
This is a classic recipe, that just so happens to be the perfect excuse to use those ham leftovers! Make a creamy and fresh ham salad in just 10 minutes, perfect to pile onto sandwiches, onto crackers, or enjoy just as it is.
One pan, 20 minutes, and 5 ingredients? If it sounds too good to be true, you’ll be in awe of this easy skillet dinner. Leftover ham with broccoli, cheese, and rice is a meal so good, you’re going to want to lick the skillet after!
Make this light and tangy, classic macaroni salad recipe with leftover ham, cheese, and lots of chopped vegetables. It’s the perfect side for potlucks and family dinners (and just about any meal, really!).
My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!