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Apr 21, 2014 08:59 AM

How to use the Easter Ham?

Okay... so we bought a ten pound ham for two people... it goes soggy when you freeze it, and there are only so many ham sandwiches a body can take. Any brilliant recipes out there to help keep our tastebuds from dying of boredom (and our waistlines from all the extra carbs)?

- ham sandwiches
- ham and eggs
- ham and pineapple pizza
- ham and potato hash

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  1. split pea soup

    in a mac n' cheese or another casserole

    BBQ Beans

    dice it and use in place of pancetta in a pasta dish like carbonara

    sub for bacon or pancetta or other cured meats in many r recipes

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    1. re: JTPhilly

      The first thing that came to mind was split pea soup, number two, beans.

    2. If you don't want a lot of carbs how about a quiche or frittata? Ham and cheddar soup/chowder.

      1. ham jerky.

        Wrap and seal and then freeze for later use when you're not over-saturated with ham. Can be eaten out of hand just like beef jerky or can be chopped and added to bean/pea/potato soups.

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        1. re: seamunky

          I love the ham jerky idea. What is the process you use?

          1. re: Fowler

            I just dry it in the oven at the lowest setting. Some people marinate it as they would beef jerky. That's good for eating out of hand but not as versatile for using in soups. In the past, I've brushed with mustard before drying. I liked that because it added a nice tang when eating out of hand.

        2. For me, the problem with easter ham is that often the weather is warm and doesn't fit with my notions of how to cook with ham. I usually end up freezing fat slices and haven't ever found it to be soggy. I generally use them in the fall, in mac & cheese, bean type soups, and quiche.

          Fried rice with lots of spring veggies and finely diced ham is really great!

          1. I've found ham freezes pretty well actually. I read someone write somewhere once, "Eternity is two people and a ham."

            I usually cut the ham into big chunks, freeze, and use one piece at a time when I'm in the mood.

            My favorite from last time was ham and cheese quesadillas. Corn or flour tortilla.

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            1. re: joonjoon

              The definition of "Eternity" is Dorothy Parker.