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Dec 27, 2011 11:44 PM

Have a ham bone, don't want bean soup, any suggestions?

It's that time of the ham where we have the bone and a zip lock full of ham. We would like to do something with the leftovers but don't really want to make bean soup. or quiche... already did the scrambled eggs and ham.

What have you done that wasn't bean soup?


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  1. I always just make a ham stock and can or freeze for later use. It's great in Gumbo, Jambalaya, Paella -- anything that needs stock where a smoky flavor isn't inappropriate.

    The diced ham goes into ziplocs in the freezer as well. I just pulled out the bag of ham I had and briefly blanched it in boiling water to rid it of any "freezer smell" (there really wasn't any) and will be using it for a "Gumbo-laya" later this week.

    Ham bits make an awfully good deviled ham, too, and it's much better than the canned stuff.

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    1. re: acgold7

      Yup, make a stock and freeze it for later. I do that all the time with carcasses and then whip up a yummy gumbo when the feeling strikes me. Ham is really good in gumbo with andouille and chicken.

      I'll have to try the devlied ham thing, if I have any extra left.

    2. Boston baked beans served with cornbread. Use the ham in a gratin. Broccoli casserole with ham can be a one dish meal.

      1. We have leftover ham & bone as well. I intend to use the bone to flavor a pot of dried beans but will not make soup with the beans. Tonight we will have some of the ham with roasted acorn squash and a platter of roasted Brussels sprouts with chestnuts, the rest of the ham will be frozen for later use. I like the idea of cubing the ham before freezing...

        1. Sure would make a loyal dog happy!

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            Split pea soup and after you've gotten all the scraps of ham off, the family dog would enjoy it too.

            1. re: ericthered

              OP doesn't want bean soup, eric.
              Ham stock is a good idea.

              1. re: ericthered

                I really like pea soup, preferring whole yellow over split, like these
                Simply simmer in water with bone, chopped celery/onion/carrot until the peas turn to mush. I like to leave lotsa meat on the bone which drops off into the soup.

                With the leftover meat, the mother-in-law likes to cube very small (1/4" per side or so) and fry in oil until crisped and dark. She makes a sandwich with it on crusty bread.

              2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                Please don't give a cooked bone to a dog. It can splinter and cause major internal damage.

              3. This is for any actual ham meat you might still have, very different, I never would think of putting ham pasta and tomatoes together but everyone loves this:


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                1. re: Val

                  Cut some of it into very thin julienne strips and use them to scatter on ramen or toss with somen salad. Granted, the somen is a summer meal, but it's a thought. Ham's also good in fried rice. Fried ham with diced potatoes with a fried or poached egg on top for breakfast is always a treat.

                  1. re: KailuaGirl

                    yes! Great suggestion for the fried many of us have bbq pork sitting around for the fried rice?