Love Your Ham Leftovers
In ham leftovers, therein lies delicious possibilities.
Congratulations. The ham dinner was delicious. With every diner plus the carving board full, now what? Read through the following tips help you savor every last delicious scrap of leftover ham.
Redefine Ham Leftovers
To keep meals fresh, imagine all the ways to incorporate your leftover ham into mouth-watering dishes that look absolutely nothing like that original ham dinner. Carve up slabs to layer on hearty sandwiches, such as hot Ham and Cheese Foldover Sandwiches or an Italian-style Stromboli Hero. Cube it to toss into crisp green salads, baked ham dishes like this Ham and Asparagus Casserole, warming soups or fresh pasta dishes and salads, included those jump-started with Suddenly Salad. Consider classic favorites, such as Springtime Ham and Egg Bake, ham added to Betty Crocker scalloped or au gratin potatoes or ham and bean soup in versions including Jamaican Ham and Bean Soup and Slow Cooker Tuscan Bean Soup. Find plenty more new and delicious ham recipe options by searching “ham” at BettyCrocker.com.
Be realistic. Not ready to prepare all your ham leftovers with the next few days? No problem. That’s what the freezer’s for. Slice or cube your leftover ham and portion it out into usable amounts, such as a sandwich, omelet or casserole’s worth. Put your portions in airtight freezer-safe bags or containers—“freezer-safe” is the key phrase here—and label each package with today’s date and the ham’s prospective use. Note that according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, well packaged cooked ham and other meats retain their quality best if properly thawed and used within two to three months of freezing, though food frozen constantly at 0° F remains safe indefinitely.
Use the Bone
Hold on to that ham bone! Preferably with all those tasty remnants still clinging to it. The ham bone is full of flavor, making it the ideal soup-starter ingredient. Use it right away, or seal it in a labeled freezer-safe bag and toss in the freezer for when you’re ready to fill your home with the tantalizing, smoky aroma of simmering ham soup down the road. Of course, Split Pea Soup is one delicious favorite, but options include Quick Ham and Cauliflower, plus you can always fortify any veggie or cheese-based soup or stew with cubed ham. Keep Green Giant frozen and canned veggies on hand to help make quick work of any soup, ham or otherwise, and remember: Simply adding bread, and perhaps a small green salad, makes your soup a meal. Homemade biscuits require just two ingredients—Bisquick Baking Mix and milk.