Leftover ham recipes so you can get the most out of your roast

From Pasta to Baked Potatoes, Here’s a List of Tasty Recipes Using Leftover Ham

Is there such a thing as too much leftovers? Never. Especially when it comes to leftover roast ham! Whether it’s an informal family gathering or something more festive like Christmas or Easter, a ham on the bone is the perfect centerpiece. So it makes sense that after big events you end up with a fridge full of ham. But do not worry! There are plenty of delicious leftover ham recipes you can make.

What to do with leftover ham?

Sure, you can make ham sandwiches, but if you want to get a little more creative, here are some of our favorite uses for cooked ham. From pasta to baked potatoes and more.

Leftover ham pasta

Photo: Rob Wicks

Whenever I’m stuck on what to cook for dinner, my mind always turns to pasta. It’s fast, easy, and you can add pretty much anything you want! With this in mind, adding salty slices of ham leftover can heat up pasta dishes even more.

Adjusting recipes with leftover ham

Recipe: Cacio e pepe

Add the remaining roast ham while heating the butter and ground pepper. One ham is slightly cooked, add cooked pasta and Parmigiano. This recipe also works with leftover roast pork.

Leftover ham baked potato

One of the easiest ways to use up all of your leftover roast ham is to pile it on hot baked potatoes. Add some melted cheese and you have a classic marriage of flavors.

Leftover ham recipe: Restaurant quality baked potato

How to Customize With Leftover Roast Ham

Heat the leftover roast ham by lightly frying it in a pan. Once cooked add to baked potato and combine with sour cream, cheese and chives. This recipe also works with leftover roast lamb or leftover roast chicken.

How long can you keep ham in the fridge?

Leftover roast ham can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. When serving cooked ham, be careful not to leave it at room temperature for too long. Put the cooked ham in the fridge as soon as possible.

Can you freeze leftover ham?

You may be wondering, can you freeze cooked ham? The answer is yes. You may lose some quality in texture, but the flavor will still be there. once you have well packed and freeze your leftover roast ham, you can store it in a frost-free freezer for up to 2 months.

Looking for more ideas?

Looking for more ways to get the most out of a juicy ham? Try making a delicious ham glaze, from whiskey and orange to honey mustard. For something different, make Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s rum ham or add the ham bone to red beans and rice.