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I Need Help With Leftover Ham

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  • Ellen May 20, 2007 12:53 PM
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I've got about three cups of leftover baked ham, already cubed, and need something interesting to do with it. I'm not in the mood for soup and made two quiches this morning. I've looked at recipes for ham salad but don't think I'd like them. Same goes for ham loaf -- most call for adding a pound or more of ground pork to the ham and the last thing I want is more pork. I was thinking of gruyere and ham crepes but the filling recipes I found online have sour cream in them, which does not appeal to me either. Does anyone have a good crepe filling recipe or suggest some other tasty way to unload this ham?

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  1. Mmmmmm. Make a big pot of baked beans to freeze for a Memorial Day cook out. Make a pot of lentils (sort of like soup, but you can serve it over rice). Add the chopped ham to an omelette. You can make crepes without sour cream. Just shred gruyere and add with the ham to the hot crepes. You can top with a sauce, such as hollandaise, if you wish. Make a jambalaya using the ham instead of, or in addition to, sausage. By the way, I freeze cubed baked ham in plastic bags - so you don't have to use it immediately.

    1. Not particularly interesting, but for something a bit lighter, you could just put ham over your greens/veggies of choice and top with a low fat honey mustard salad dressing for a healthy entree salad. It would also be good in scrambled eggs.

      1. Fried rice, put on pizza, hashbrown casserole

        1. I always like ham in macaroni and cheese. :-)

          1. Personally, I would freeze it as is, in smaller potions. Just right for a fast defrost for quick omlettes, salads, crepes etc. One long hectic day from now, you will be glad you did it.

            1. Jambalaya.
              Ham, onions, celery, tomatoes, rice, a bay leaf.
              Lots of recipes on line.
              Easy and it microwaves really well as a left over for lunches.

              1. You can add it to risotto, too.

                The last issue of Saveur magazine had some delicious-sounding recipes for buckwheat crepes using ham.

                I've been known to freeze leftover ham. It's nice having that little extra bit of flavor on hand when you're making quiche/soup/salad/eggs etc.

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                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                  I did this after Easter w/all my leftover ham. Risotto with ham and peas.

                2. Ham salad sandwiches! I toss it with mayo, relish, celery, chopped black olives, and some grated cheese. But whatever you like work as well.

                  1. How about scalloped potatoes and ham? That way the ham is the supporting actor rather than the star of the show. Scalloped potatoes are a definite comfort food - sort of old-fashioned but still a pleasing, easy meal. Be sure and use evaporated milk tho, for the creamiest texture!

                    1. I changed my mind and decided to try making ham salad for the first time using a Southern Cooking recipe. It was actually quite good, especially with the sweet pickles and juice. I thought the family would say eww yuck but they actually said hooray and yum. Go figure. Thanks for all your suggestions. http://southernfood.about.com/od/sand...

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                      1. re: Ellen

                        YAY! ham salad rocks! I make it many different ways depending on what I have on hand. I also like to put it on ritz crackers for a snack.

                        1. re: danhole

                          A gratin of potatoes, ham, chicken and gruyere comes to mind. Just make sure you crisp the ham and chicken chunks in some fat first - adds much flavour.

                          1. re: Bigtigger

                            I might cut ham into smaller pieces and putting it into a quesadilla with chopped onions and chopped tomato and then grill the whole thing.