I cooked a ham last Sunday, even though there were just three of us. (And cooked is an exaggeration… the one I bought was cooked so I really just heated it. ) I usually follow this ham recipe because we really like the glaze. But this one with rosemary and garlic is good, too. We had asparagus and homemade rolls as well. I was thinking ahead to ham sandwiches so figured the rolls would be worth the effort–and I was right! College daughter took some ham and rolls back up with her to school. I know she’s made some sandwiches as well as had ham and scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
I made a grilled ham, cheddar and apple pannini one night for dinner. I really like the crunch and sweetness of the apple slices. In past years I’ve made ham and cheese with chutney, which is also good. And in 200 Best Panini Recipes, which I picked up somewhere, I saw other ideas including adding some peach jam, which sounds yummy. You can also make the Roman Grilled Ham and Cheese pictured here.
Bean Soup with Ham
I had a bag of 15 bean soup mix and used the ham bone to cook up some bean soup yesterday. I got smart and left the bag of beans on the counter the night before so I would remember to start them soaking at breakfast. I started the soup cooking about 3pm. It’s nice to work from home so I can do things like this on the weeknights!
Other Leftover Ham Ideas
I really like this Lo Mein with Ham, a recipe I got from How to Cook without a Book by Pam Anderson. It is something I would not have thought of on my own. It’s easily adaptable for other leftover meats of course.
- Quiche can be made with leftover ham
- Fried rice, of course
- Scrambled eggs with ham
- Macaroni and cheese with ham
- Pasta Primavera
- Pizza, of course!
I always chop and freeze some as well. It will keep several months and having it all chopped makes it easy to pull out a handful to add to some scrambled eggs or soup.
What are your favorite things to do with ham?