Leftover Spiral Ham-Need Ideas!
This Easter it was just my DH and I, but I didn't want that to deter me from one of my favorite treats- ham! I knew I'd have a lot of leftovers from the 8lb spiral ham (Costco's Kirkland brand which was delicious and about $1/pound!), but would like fun ideas for the leftovers.
So far, I'm thinking of:
Scalloped potatoes and ham
Can you help me come up with fun and creative ways to use up my ham?
Back in the 80s, Burger King used to offer this sandwich called the "Yumbo". Basically, thin sliced ham, heated on the grill, topped with cheese (I think they used Velveeta, but I use a good cheddar), and then served on a seeded bun. You can class it up, but really not necessary. Hot ham slices, topped with melted cheese and served on a warm bun, how much better can it get?
Ham & Eggs
Ham Panini Sandwiches
Grilled Ham and Cheese (also yummy if you add tomato)
Ham Stuffed Manicotti
Ham & Swiss Quiche
Ham & Pasta bake
Ham Pot Pie
Baked Beans with Ham
Navy Bean Soup
Pork Fried Rice
Cauliflower Ham Supreme Casserole
I hosted a small family group and ended up with the better part of our good-sized spiral ham and bone. Probably will use the bone for a lentil soup.
But as I also have most of the ingredients for this rigatoni in house, I will definitely make it this week -- in ovenproof soup bowls for easy freezing, reheating and sharing!
I'm particularly happy that it calls for heavy cream as I've got two pints in the fridge.
Sholli's post below for pasta with cottage cheese and ham sounds worth a try too...I really like what the heat of the pasta does to cottage cheese, but haven't had them together in quite a while.
Update - made the rigatoni last night, subbing part-skim ricotta in place of the mozzarella. It was really fantastic and I think it would lend itself to a lot of improvisation and lightening up. Also a wonderful gift to bake and freeze for new parents (which I'm thinking of doing soon for a new arrival).
nice bounty you have. +1 on the mac and cheese (peas as a side). also the ham and eggs (add a side of grits and redeye gravy). i used to get soup at a favorite chinese restaurant that was lightly blanched veggies in chicken broth with slivers of ham. that's sounding like i need to make it this week.