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Nov 27, 2006 04:34 PM

Whole leftover ham and no one to share it.

I have a whole ham leftover from a party this weekend and now I am the only one to use the 8+ pounds of leftovers. I will be making pea soup which will use a pound or two.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. Ham Loaves--these are awesome and can be easily frozen.

    I will post the recipe when my DD wakes up and I can get to it.

    It has a tangy sweet sauce that you pour over.

    The loaves themselves are made with ground beef and ham, graham cracker crumbs, milk, and maybe an egg.

    1. Is the bone still in it? If so, strip the meat and throw in a pot for some red beans and rice. Could also toss in a pound of cubed meat as well.

      Ham is always good in jambalaya and gumbo.

      Cube it, add boiled potatoes, onions, and an egg and make potato ham croquettes.

      Any number of soups are great with ham: navy bean soup, minestrone. Throw some white soisson beans in a casserole with ham, white bratwursts, onions, green peppers, celery, stock, and poultry (duck or chicken work) and bake with breadcrumbs on top for an excellent cassoulet.

      1. The freezer is your friend. Cut it into large pieces and freeze. While they won't have the greatest texture as sliced ham, the chunks are great as seasoning meat in beans, stews, long-cooked veggies, etc. Ham salad is good, too. But I usually bring this sort of surplus food to all disappears very quickly!

        1. cassoulet type thing w/ white beans, substituting your ham for the pork shoulder
          jambalaya as suggested above

          if you run out of ideas(and it DOES take a lot of time to make big food batches to use up these leftovers!), just freeze the ham in chunks, submerged in some kind of liquid or sauce- even a stock- just so it's submerged in sauce, which will keep it from drying out; then you can defrost it at a later date, cube it and put it in other recipes that you have time to make.

          i would just go to the various recipe sites- epicurious, and
 and 'search' for 'pork and beans' or pork or ham under stews , to come up w more ideas and recipes.that's what i did w my 4 lb of leftover smoked cooked pork shoulder.

          you could also make ham spreads- pureed - to freeze and use for sandwiches later.

          1. I think I read about a ham spread on C-hound that sounded awesome. Bourbon, butter, ham all pureed. I bet a search would turn it up...