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?
I just finished making Emeril's Ham and Split Pea Soup. It was delicious. The recipe calls for a ham hock, but I just used the ham bone from my easter ham and added more ham. It is a classic recipe but tastes so much brighter than other pea soup's I've had. As reviewers suggested, I doubled the celery, carrots and onion.
Do you have the bone still? Do red beans and rice! That's what I did with a large bone a couple months ago -- that was a whole shank, not a spiral, but it was still fantastic.
Last year's Easter ham became this:
which was amazing and fed me for a good long time.
This year I totally forgot to snag the bone (no one else usually wants it) but I took a bunch of the slices. I think it was a Kirkland ham, same as yours. Made a good solid sandwich this afternoon; some more of it is going to star in a quiche; and whatever's left will likely find its way into pasta -- would work great with some sweet fresh peas and a touch of cream. Mmm.
I also had about 4 pounds of ham left over so I split it in half and froze that part, along with the juice that came from it in a separate container. This week I'm planning Navy bean soup, potato & ham hash with poached eggs( & maybe some thickened jus with the juice I saved to go over the top since I don't like hollandaise); a creamy mac & cheese with ham & smoked gouda with cornbread crumbs baked on top; and a sandwich night with croque monsieur. I'll be hammed out by then (lol)
Definitely freeze some. We make a ham/spinach/cottage cheese pasta that is utterly simple and way more delicious than it sounds. Sautee a clove or two of garlic and about a cup of the ham. Add a generous cup of cottage cheese (higher milkfat ones work best) and a small splash of chicken stock. Throw in a large bunch of fresh spinach (way more than looks reasonable) and fresh basil or parsley. Wilt spinach, then toss w/ pasta.
sholli I love the phrase "...better than it sounds" because obviously an effort was made and the outcome was successful--this one sounds especially interesting, I'm gonna do it.
A retro but goood way to use leftover ham is to chop very fine (or even use processor) add mayonnaise and sweet relish for ham salad sandwiches.
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.
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).
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
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?