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What to do w /deli sliced ham

Got almost a pound of sliced deli ham, about to expire -- what to do with it -- can't make that many sandwiches!


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  1. Spread with cream cheese, wrap around pickle spears (better yet, pickled asparagus). Take them to a party and they'll be gone in a flash.

    1. Freeze it until you really need it for something.

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      1. re: coll

        I tend to thaw and throw a handful of chopped ham into different rice dishes, and also carmelize some before making soup. It's nice to use it slowly that way, for a bit of protein.

        1. re: coll

          Agree, freeze it in smaller packages to suit your needs.

        2. Chopped up for quiche or potato hash (top with an egg), grind up to put in your veggies when cooking

          Pound out chicken breasts and top one side with your choice of cheese and some ham. Roll up and secure with a pick. Season & brown in a bit of oil then finish cooking in the oven. Make a pan or cream sauce to serve over it. Another thing I like to do is make grilled ham & pimento cheese sandwiches.

          1. Brown w/onions as base for split pea soup, then put oven frizzled ham strips on top as garnish.

            1. All of the above or what about Ham Loaf I don't know how to supply a link via my iPhone. But it sounds kind of interesting ..

                1. cut up and put into scrambled eggs or any egg dish (quiche, omelet, frittata, under poached or fried eggs, etc.,) in any type of soup as the meat, fried rice, in any type of salad (potato salad, pasta salad, egg salad, straight up ham salad, chef's salad) or in a pasta dish like mac & cheese, added into a bowl of ramen...

                  1. Tomorrow is Sunday. Try this one as it is simple and good. Line a muffin tin with ham slices. One going one way and another overlapped going the other. Crack an egg into the ham lined muffintins and if you like cover in cooked peppers and onions. Sprinkle with cheese that you like and bake til desired doneness. Really tasty and the ham and eggs firm up to make a basket. You can scramble the eggs too but the runny yolks look and taste amazing. Don't forget the salt and pepper

                      1. Chicken Cordon Bleu or Scalloped Potatoes with Ham.

                        But honestly, as already suggested, freeze it. I do it all the time and it is great.

                        1. Ham and egg cups. These make a really nice brunch or a quick dinner.

                          Spray a muffin tin with cooking oil. Line each tin with a slice of ham. Crack an egg in the center, sprinkle with cheese and bake until the whites are set and the yolks are to your liking.

                          Variations are endless. You can make them florentine by putting a dollop of sautéed spinach into the ham cup before the egg and sprinkling parmesan. Salsa and cheddar are good too.

                          1. Frankly, all my expired or about-to-expire cold cuts serve as appetizers for the hounds. They adore "deli night" - lol!!

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                            1. re: Bacardi1

                              It's got to be 100 times better for the dogs than those poison pet treats from China.

                            2. Coarse chop it in your food processor, and heat in your favorite bbq sauce. Get some hamburger buns (bread will work) and make a great bbq sandwich out of it. Dress with cole slaw, etc. as you usually do.

                                1. Chop and freeze on a waxed-paper-lined tray. Then put in a freezer bag and keep handy in the freezer to season/flavor any dish you like.

                                  1. Thanks to all -- it's been a while, but some of it went into a split pea soup and the rest into omelets -- all put to good use. Now I know I can freeze it and not get all antsy about using it up right NOW!

                                    1. Pasta Carbonara! Usually use Prosciutto or bacon but ham is just as good.