Please - recipes for leftover ham?
I have a lot of a baked smoked ham left. Can't eat it all myself. Could anyone suggest recipes good enough to cook for friends? Thanks in advance.
re: Janet from Richmond
Everything's better with ham:
hmmm - mac 'n cheese with ham and peas! Fried Rice with ham and peas! Pasta with ham and peas. Home Fries with Ham, Peppers and Onions. Chinese broccoli and smoked ham.
Easy Islander Chicken
1/3 cup olive oil
3/4 cup diced ham
1 chicken, cut in pieces
1 cup sliced onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tomatoes, chopped
2-1/2 cups water
2-1/2 cups raw long grain rice
3/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. to 2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin seed
1/8 tsp. saffron
-Heat olive oil in large skillet or Dutch oven, saute chicken, ham, onions and garlic until chicken pieces are browned. Add tomatoes. Cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
-Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil - lower heat, cover, simmer for another 20 minutes until the rice is done (add additional liquid if needed)
Optional - add clams near the end of the cooking time, or 1/2 cup of cooked bay shrimp just before serving.
Here's a link to an Epicurious recipe for Hearty Lentil and Ham Soup which includes a cinnamon stick for very interesting and great flavors and I almost always cut back a bit on the amount of water called for in the recipe:
There is also a different kind of mac & cheese recipe at epicurious using rigatoni, ham, tomatoes and feta cheese; I would never think of putting those ingredients together but it is a deliciously different mac & cheese idea.
Love the dish I make with leftover ham, chicken or turkey chunks, green olives,red peppers, noodles, cheese and bechemel sauce. Hate when there is no leftover ham, there is always so much you can do with it, inc. cutting into ham steaks and then freezing it, so you can grill it for an easy meal anytime.