Our complete collection of ham recipes covers any meal you desire for the hamtastic dish of your dreams! Bonus, food safety, and storage tips too.
Mississippi sin dip is a creamy, ooey-gooey, party favorite dip that’s baked in a hollowed-out loaf of bread. Guaranteed to be a new favorite.
My creamy ham salad is a perfectly balanced delight of salty, sweet, and spicy, with smoky bits of ham and a light, creamy base that’s destined to top every cracker on your party buffet.
Perfect for lunchboxes or party appetizers, these ham and cheese pinwheels are a bite-size pick-me-up packed with protein and flavor. It’s a classic!
Ham Soups + Salads
My ham and bean soup is full of hearty, creamy white beans with a hint of fresh thyme and tender chunks of everyone’s favorite smoky, salty piece of pork.
This hearty and comforting black eyed pea soup is loaded with layers of delicious flavor, lots of bacon and sausage, and of course black-eyed peas.
Hawaiian macaroni salad brings a unique flavor to the table. The veggies & pasta are brought together by a super creamy dressing!
Smoky ham, tender noodles, and a velvety cream sauce marry together in this winner of a meaty dinner, my sensational ham casserole!
A heaping helping of cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham is big-time comfort. A truly delicious special event side dish or weeknight main course!
Chicken cordon bleu casserole is creamy indulgence with the salty hints of ham, plenty of cheesy goodness and a crispy topping to pull it all together.
Ham Main Dishes
This impossibly easy ham and Swiss pie is incredibly delicious and easy to make! This savory main-dish pie is best served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
These unusual, slightly sweet and savory little ham balls are smothered in a thick, zesty brown sugar glaze! Perfect for potlucks, special occasions, even Easter dinner!
Take a trip down the bayou with the best Jambalaya recipe for busy cooks! This smoky, meaty entrée will conjure warm evenings with a zydeco beat.
My ham tetrazzini is a creamy, comfort food casserole that your family will love! It’s great to make with leftover ham from the holidays or Sunday supper!
Yikes, what do I do with all that leftover ham from dinner! Whether you are dreaming of a leftover ham casserole, planning to indulge in the sort of leftover ham recipes Paula Deen would create or searching for recipes for leftover ham where veggies feature centrally, this is the guide for you! We’ve compiled and categorized the recipes that range from appetizers to entrees and most things in between.
In some of these leftover ham recipes, pasta is the star; in others, the ham itself does most of the shining. That there are so many terrific recipes using leftover ham, we’ve tried to summon up our fav ham dishes (to date).
Because I know you don’t want to let that delicious (and expensive!) meat go to waste, and I also suspect you don’t have hours to scour the internet for cooking temperatures, storage tips, and all of the best recipes with leftover ham. So I did that work for you! You can thank me later!
We’ll get to the recipes but first, let’s start with some fussy and commonly overlooked health and safety issues.
How Long Does Cooked Ham Last?
Deciding what to do with leftover ham can be trickier than you might initially imagine! Before you jump to browsing Mary Berry leftover ham recipes or ogling the leftover ham recipes food network experts promote, you might want to double-check the “use by” date of your goods. Because the chief requirement of healthy leftover ham recipes is, of course, unexpired ham!
The FDA covers an amazing 20 different varieties of ham in this food safety chart. They explain that cooked uncured ham lasts for 3 – 4 days in the refrigerator and 3 – 4 months in the freezer. Cooked cured ham, on the other hand, lasts 3 – 5 days in the fridge, and only 1 – 2 months in the freezer.
Unopened vacuum-sealed cooked ham lasts 2 weeks in the fridge (unless there is a “use by” date printed on the package, in which case go with that!) and 1 – 2 months in the freezer. Once you open that vacuum seal, however, a 3 – 5 day countdown begins. Who knew a simple ham dinner could be so finicky!
The FDA’s chart also covers store-wrapped ham, spiral-cut ham, country ham, canned ham, lunch meat ham, and specialty ham, oh my! Just scroll down to find your variety on the chart, and then you can get started on leftover ham recipes Jamie Oliver would endorse with peace of mind!
How Do You Store Cooked Ham?
Thankfully, storing ham is much more straightforward! Storage may be the easiest part of prepping ham leftover recipes. The FDA has a few recommendations to help you minimize waste and maximize health.
First, keep the ham in its original packaging for as long as possible. If you are planning to freeze the ham in its packaging for longer than 2 months, though, wrap it up in an additional layer of airtight plastic, tinfoil, or freezer paper.
When dealing with leftovers, remember to refrigerate the goods within two hours in normal temperatures, or within one hour on hotter days (days that are above 90 degrees). Check to make sure your fridge temperature is 40 degrees or lower, and your freezer’s temperature is 0 degrees or below. And try not to overstuff the fridge! Cold air needs to circulate around each item.
The FDA also recommends cleaning fridge spills promptly to avoid cross-contamination and the growth of bacteria. It always helps to cover foods well and check for spoilage frequently. Labels are your friend here!
How To Reheat Leftover Ham :
The FDA also has your back when it comes to the fine art of reheating. Leftover hams should generally be reheated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. The FDA suggests setting the oven to 325 degrees, covering the ham in foil, and cooking for 10 minutes per pound. You can reheat smaller portions on the stove or in the microwave if you’d prefer.
For more amazing ham facts, take a gander at this comprehensive overview of all things ham! Knowing that you have handy guides such as these just a click away, you can turn your attention to the fun part: what to make with leftover ham!