November may be the time for turkey—but the second December and April roll around, ’tis the season for ham. Be it super-simply roasted with spices and brown sugar or baked spiral-style with apricot jam and mustard, few main dishes stand out on the dinner table like a glazed and glistening ham.
But with every show-stopping ham comes a lot of leftover meat. And delicious though it may be to munch on a couple slices cold, straight from the fridge (a thing we have all done many times), why not repurpose the ham in one of these tasty recipes? From comfort foods like grits and fried rice to egg-topped sweet potato and ham hash and ham-stuffed biscuits, here are our best leftover ham recipes. Don’t forget to save that ham bone for a hearty soup.
We think just about anything is improved by adding a fried egg on top, and this savory galette stuffed with caramelized onions, Gruyère, and bits of leftover ham is no exception.
This perfectly salty, satisfying breakfast (or lunch or late-night snack, for that matter) is yours in just a few minutes when you’ve got leftover slices of ham, cheese, and eggs handy.
Classic eggs Benedict meets oatmeal in this hearty breakfast bowl complete with avocado, leftover ham, pesto-swirled oats, and the requisite poached egg smothered in creamy Hollandaise sauce.
Feel free to put anything you want in between these soft, buttery biscuits, but we like homemade fig jam and thick slices of ham best.
This spin on kimchi fried rice (fried egg on top, for the win again) calls for Spam, you can sub in cubes or slices of leftover ham for an equally tasty result.
This hash plays on all the breakfast-y flavors you know and love: salty and sweet, crunchy and chewy, plus a little bit of green for balance.
One reviewer called this breakfast-ready combination of simple ingredients “divine”—and frankly, that’s all we need to add it to our to-cook list.
This sandwich is a perfect study in contrasts, combining crunchy cinnamon and sugar–crusted toast, sweet and tangy apricot chutney, and salty ham and cheese.
We can’t think of a better way to use up leftover ham: This dreamy croissant loaf is light as air on the inside, and layered and crispy on the outside.
This “mythical” sandwich gets its name from its secret sauce, which the recipe’s author was finally able to recreate after a trip to the Basque city where she first tasted it.
This sweet-meets-salty sandwich takes French toast and treats it like sandwich bread for a grilled cheese with Swiss and maple-candied ham (which you can make with a bit of maple syrup, brown sugar, and leftover ham).
Goat cheese adds a tangy creaminess to the grits and pairs oh-so-nicely with salty country ham and a fried egg. A dose of coffee-rich red-eye gravy adds effortless flavor and turns it into a full diner-style breakfast on a plate.
A tender, creamy quiche is studded with plenty of ham and cheddar cheese for a main dish that’s ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch, literally any meal. A cheese cracker crust gives it a serious cheesy punch.
14. Green Eggs & Ham
While this recipe calls for Parma ham, thin-sliced leftover country ham works just as well. Topped with eggs, pesto, and pesto, it’s a quick breakfast that’s nice enough to serve guests the morning after a big holiday meal.
Use stale brioche and leftover ham to make an impressive breakfast casserole that feeds a crowd. A mix of Gouda and Gruyère cheese are ideal, but a high-quality aged cheddar would be nice, too.
This rustic soup is easy to throw together on any old night with the help of leftover, cubed ham and a few staple vegetables. It’s pure comfort without hours of simmering on a cold winter night.
You can never go wrong with ham and Swiss, especially when squishy slider rolls and melted butter are involved. Serve warm as a party food or a lunchtime main.
While some recipes call for bacon, a classic Hawaiian pizza is topped with sliced ham. The smoky, sweet ham combines with spicy jalapeños and juicy, tart pineapple for a flavor combo with a dedicated following.
What can possibly make a bubbly dish of tender potatoes and creamy, cheesy sauce any better? Ham. Diced up leftover ham will make it better.
Who says muffins have to be sweet? These savory morning pastries are as easy to make as they are to eat on the go.
Everything bagel seasoning adds oniony, salty, seedy flavor and crunch to this simple omelet. Add thin slices or small cubes of leftover ham to the cream cheese filling to take it up a notch.
At the intersection of sweet and salty, the Monte Cristo is a classically rich treat of a sandwich. If you eat French toast and think “I sure wish there was ham in this,” then make this immediately.
As advertised, this quiche is loaded up with ham, potatoes, peas, and cheese for a one-dish breakfast or brunch. The flaky crust includes seasoned salt and tarragon for flavor in every bite.
What’s your very favorite way to use up leftover ham? Sandwich ideas welcome. Let us know in the comments.