Apr 9

Recipes for Leftover Easter Ham


Leftover Ham Collage Lead

Whether it’s ham or lamb at Easter, turkey at Thanksgiving or prime rib on New Year’s Eve, one of the joys of cooking a big cut of meat is having a fridge full of leftovers to draw upon for the coming week. Typically we slice up our Easter ham and freeze half of the leftovers. The other half of the salty, tender meat becomes fodder for dishes ranging from frittatas and breakfast wraps to pasta salads and grilled sandwiches.

Before starting on Easter dinner yesterday, there were far more important things to be done. The Easter Bunny did a bang-up job of hiding the boys’ Easter baskets this year. T found his nestled in the washing machine (good thing I didn’t set it for the spin cycle first thing in the morning). After a long search and an eventual game of hot/cold, M finally found his tucked away on the shelf above the pantry. Oh, that sneaky Easter Bunny!


Whether you are observing Passover this week or you celebrated Easter yesterday, I hope you enjoyed some spring weather and time with family and friends this past weekend. Now, on to the recipe ideas.

Update: The winner of the BIG OXO giveaway is #308, Heather. Congratulations! I will be emailing you with the details. Thanks so much to all of you who entered and shared your healthy living and recipe links. A huge thank you to OXO for sponsoring the giveaway.

Some of these recipes call for bacon or pancetta. Simply replace them with your leftover ham.

While these are classic breakfast dishes, they work well for dinner, too.

Ham Leftover Collage 1
Left to right:
Make-Ahead Egg Wrap with Ham, Avocado & Salsa
Sweet Potato Hash with Canadian Bacon, Red Pepper & Sage
Scrambled Eggs with Turkey Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Basil

Ham Leftover Collage 2
Left to right:
Frittata with Pancetta, Mushrooms & Roasted Garlic
How to: Make an Omelet

Tarragon Crepes with Ham, Asparagus & Mascarpone Cheese Recipe
Tarragon Crepes with Ham, Asparagus & Mascarpone Cheese

Other lunch and dinner ideas:

Ham Leftover Collage 4
Left to right:
Chicken BLT (or Bacon, Spinach & Tomato) Pasta Salad
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Jarlsberg Fondue, Ham & Tomato

Ham Leftover Collage 3
Left to right:
Toasted Panini with Ham, Cheddar & Pepper Jelly
Tortellini Pasta Salad with Bacon, Broccoli & Basil

If you have some favorite recipes for using leftover ham, please feel free to share the recipes or links in the comment section.

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1 Mark April 9, 2012 at 1:57 am

This is a great list! Because we don’t usually buy processed or deli meats, one of the things I look forward to the most when we have a big roast or ham is making sandwiches. I know, silly, right?

Last year, I put some of my sister’s left over ham recipes on my blog. She has a recipe for creamy ham soup that is quite good.


2 bellini April 9, 2012 at 3:31 am

If only I had cooked a delicious ham for Easter, I am regretting it now.


3 Belinda @zomppa April 9, 2012 at 6:07 am

Great baskets – loving these “leftovers” – that tarragon crepe….


4 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 9, 2012 at 6:49 am

Yes, I definitely have some leftover ham….thanks for the ideas!


5 Maria April 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

Great ideas for leftover ham!


6 Bev Weidner April 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

Goooood grief, it all looks SO GERD.


7 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

Great leftover ideas :)


8 Brandy April 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

Had to pin the tarragon crepes…dinner for one nice this week for sure! My family has always made a curry rice ham dish after Easter that I love. That’ll be dinner for another night this week. LOL


9 Nancy Brown April 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

Great recipes for leftover ham!


10 Barbara | Creative Culinary April 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

I love the leftovers from a holiday meal more than the meal itself I think…and you’ve given us some great ideas. Fritatta it is!


11 Roz@weightingfor50 April 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Hi Dara. Thanks so much for these recipes. I wish I’d made a bigger ham yesterday!!! :) Have a wonderful week.


12 Drick April 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

boy, are your boys growing up – bet you own stock in a shoe company…
ya know, I love holiday left-overs, there are so many good things to come in the coming weeks and your selection is, as always, tops….


13 Katrina April 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Kinda bummed–this year instead of buying a big ol’ ham, I just got some sliced at the deli with just the amount we’d need, so no leftovers. But these all look great for anytime just getting some ham to make these–that sweet potato hash especially!


14 Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf April 10, 2012 at 5:46 am

Oooh, the panini is really speaking to me! These all look fantastic. Thanks, Dara!


15 Danijela April 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

I agree, one of the main characteristics of every holiday are leftovers. Thanks for this nice collection of recipes, they are truly useful. Thanks.


16 sippitysup.com April 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

I skipped the ham this year, but these ideas help soften the blow. GREG


17 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

That sweet potato hash is calling my name — looks so yummy!!!


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