Three Easy Meals from Leftover Ham
Easter is over and there’s a good possibility many of you have quite a bit of leftover ham at your house. Liz from Hoosier Homemade is sharing some delicious recipes today for using up your leftover ham.
The holidays are a great time to buy the meat when it’s on sale. I bought a ham at Aldi last week for $0.99 per pound. It cost me $8.37, and we got 5 meals out of it. Although we love Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, we were a little tired of it, so I came up with some new recipes to make using our leftover ham.
Crockpot Bean with Bacon Soup
- Ham bone
- 6-8 cups of water
- 1 (1 lb.) bag of navy beans (2 cups)
- 2-3 bay leaves, depending on size
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4-5 pieces of bacon
- Small amount of chopped ham, optional
- 1 small onion
- 3 stalks celery
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
Bring ham bone to boil in water. Add salt, pepper, celery and bay leaves, reduce and simmer for 1-2 hours. (You can use plain water, but I wanted the soup to have some more flavor.) Strain broth, add to crockpot.
To prepare beans, soak overnight or for a quick soak, bring 6-8 cups water to boil, add beans and boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse, add the crockpot.
Cook bacon for a few minutes, then add chopped onion, saute until golden brown and bacon is done, but not crisp. Remove from pan and chop, add to crockpot. Add ham to crockpot, if desired.
Cook on low in the crockpot for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Add heavy cream, and continue to cook about 15 minutes more. Remove bay leaves.
Serve with corn bread.
Tortellini Bean and Ham Salad
- Tortellini (9 oz.) pkg, refrigerated or frozen
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup ham, cubed
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- Italian dressing, about 1/2 bottle, depending on how much you like
Cook Tortellini in boiling water according to directions on package. Add broccoli to the boiling water for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, cut ham and shred carrots. Drain and rinse beans, drain and rinse tortellini and broccoli. Toss all ingredients with dressing, refrigerate 1-2 hours.
Note: You can easily leave out the beans or substitute veggies that you and your family likes. This salad is great as a side dish, but hearty enough to serve with a good bread for dinner.
Ham and Broccoli Quiche
- 1 pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
- 1 1/2 cups ham, cubed
- 1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard (or regular mustard)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, place pie crust in baking dish. Layer the ham, cheese and broccoli. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk, then stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over broccoli. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center, comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes.
What are your favorite ways to use up leftover ham?
Liz is a SAHM of 3 teenage boys and happily married for 20+ years. She shares lots of homemaking tips including her love for baking, cooking and decorating on Hoosier Homemade. She hosts the Cupcake Tuesday blog carnival with lots of cupcake creations.
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