So you had some delicious ham for Christmas or New Year’s and now you’ve got lots of leftovers. Thankfully you don’t have to just eat cold sliced ham for the next week. Here are four recipes for leftover ham (and the ham bone too!)
On Christmas night, chop up some ham and add it to this brunch casserole, which “marinates” overnight in the fridge for a easy day-after-Christmas meals.
4 slices bread, cubed
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cup milk
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup ham, chopped
salt and pepper
Mix ingredients into a sprayed casserole dish and put in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the dish and stir once. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees Farenheit.
Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Pockets
This is a good recipe to give kids hands-on experience in the kitchen. It’s a little like hot pockets but much tastier and more nutritious! You can find the recipe on my blog, The Purposeful Mom.
Ham and Potato Hotdish
This recipe is quick and easy. Just bring together one 32 ounce bag of southwestern hash browns, 2 cans of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup, a can or two of milk and chopped ham (amount to your liking). Mix together and cook in a crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or bake for two hours at 325 Farenheit.
Ham Bone and Bean Soup
This New York Times recipe for Ham Bone and Bean Soup is chock-full of healthy and delicious ingredients (bacon notwithstanding): Cabbage and kale lovers unite! This is a super way to use something that would normally get thrown away–at least in my house–the ham bone.
Using leftovers isn’t always my idea of a good time, but meal planning using this method is one good way to control your grocery budget. Mix it up and don’t be afraid to try something new or unusual. You may discover a new family favorite.