35+ Easy Leftover Ham Recipes for Dinner

The holidays are over, and the fridge is overflowing with delicious leftover ham. But what to do with all of it? Here’s 35+ leftover ham recipes to unleash your culinary creativity and turn it into something new and exciting!

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After the holidays, a familiar sight greets us in the fridge: a half-eaten ham. While some may see it as a culinary dead end, it’s actually a treasure trove of delicious possibilities! Leftover ham can be the foundation for a variety of meals, from quick and easy breakfasts to hearty dinners.

Here’s the BEST ways to use leftover ham

Spoon taking scoop out of leftover ham casserole.
Make your leftovers feel new again with this Leftover Ham Casserole recipe! Ham, rice, and veggies are rejuvenated in a creamy, savory sauce, topped with parmesan and breadcrumbs, then baked until bubbly.
Leftover Ham Casserole
Bowl of Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup with hands holding bowl and spoon
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect comfort food for a cold day. Richly flavored with a ham bone and beans, this soup makes for an easy dinner that takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.
Crockpot Ham & Bean Soup
Overhead close up of ham & cheese pinwheel.
These Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are an easy & elegant appetizer or brunch idea. Given a bit of tang from dijon mustard & taken over the top with “everything” bagel seasoning.
Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
Stack of cubano sandwiches.
This Sheet Pan Cuban Sandwich is the ultimate cubano sandwich recipe. Thinly sliced ham, cuban marinated pork and gruyere cheese are layered with pickles and mustard then baked on a weighted sheet pan, resulting in a crispy, delicious sandwich.
Cuban Sandwiches
The tastiest and easiest ham and cheese quiche recipe. Plus tips to make the best quiche, how to make it ahead of time, and how to store leftovers!
Recipe: Chelsea's Messy Apron
Ham and Cheese Quiche
This ham and potato soup is simple, hearty, and healthy. It uses everyday ingredients, and this version has no dairy. Sure to become a family favorite!
Recipe: Salt and Lavender
Ham and Potato Soup
This one pot ham and pea pasta recipe is quick, simple, and a perfect way to use up leftover ham from the holidays! Ready in under 30 minutes.
Recipe: Salt and Lavender
One Pot Ham and Pea Pasta
If you’ve never tried it, this dill pickle soup is a cozy and super flavorful treat! The creamy and tangy broth is surprisingly tasty, and this soup is simple to make.
Recipe: Salt and Lavender
Dill Pickle & Ham Soup
Our ham fried rice recipe is one the entire family loves. It’s salty. It’s sweet. And perhaps best of all—it’s easy.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice
Homemade crust, warm ham and cheese all ready to be held in your hand. Did we mention these keto ham and cheese hot pockets are low-carb and gluten free?

Recipe: The Modern Proper
Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets
Caramelized Pineapple, Ham and Cheese Turnovers – make ahead, delicious, easy, cute little turnovers make the perfect holiday party apps!
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Caramelized Pineapple, Ham and Cheese Turnovers
Flaky and buttery ham pot pie with puff pastry. With carrots, celery and onion, this is the perfect recipe for holiday leftovers.
Recipe: Living Lou
Ham Pot Pie
Savory Crepes are a classic French dish – delicious for dinners & make a filling breakfast or lunch! Make a vegetarian version with just cheese, or fill with ham and your favorite vegetables.
Recipe: Pinch and Swirl
Savory Crepes
Soft Hawaiian rolls are stuffed with deli ham and Swiss cheese, then covered in a tangy honey-mustard glaze and baked until golden-brown. These definitely aren’t your average Ham and Cheese Sliders!
Recipe: Life Love and Sugar
Ham and Cheese Sliders
This Ham Cheese and Olive Bread is halfway between a bread and a savory cake. It is salty and flavorful. It has a tender crumb that’s both cheesy and eggy, spruced up with dried herbs and nestled with salty ham cubes and briny olives.
Recipe: Pardon Your French
Ham Cheese and Olive Bread
Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole is an easy make-ahead recipe! Potatoes and ham tossed in a rich sauce and topped with melty cheese!
Recipe: The Recipe Rebel
Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
This Italian Chopped Salad is loaded with ham, salami, chickpeas, tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, lettuce and all tossed in an easy lemon and Dijon vinaigrette.
Recipe: Chelsea's Messy Apron
Italian Chopped Salad
Potato Croquettes are fried mashed potato balls loaded with ham and cheese. Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside and a great way to use up leftovers!
Recipe: Yellow Bliss Road
Ham and Cheese Potato Croquettes
Ham and Cheese Scones – Easy peasy ham and cheddar scones perfect for any time of day – perfect as breakfast, snack-time, appetizer or with a bowl of soup!
Recipe: Damn Delicious
Ham and Cheese Scones
This Hawaiian Pizza recipe is easy to make with homemade pizza dough or store bought! It’s topped with ham, bacon, and pineapple. A classic combination of salty and sweet!
Recipe: The Cozy Cook
Hawaiian Pizza with Leftover Ham
Ham and Vegetable Soup – A delicious soup, perfect for using up a leftover ham! Filled with lots of healthy vegetables in a creamy broth.
Recipe: A Family Feast
Ham and Vegetable Soup
All the amazing flavors of a Denver omelet, but in an incredibly easy scrambled eggs skillet! No flipping required! Onions, peppers, ham, and topped with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, this is a crowd pleaser.
Recipe: The Chunky Chef
Denver Omelet Scrambled Eggs Skillet
This Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is like the fancy dish you get at restaurants. If you enjoy chicken cordon bleu, you’ll really like this cheesy chicken casserole.
Recipe: Chef Jar
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
This Ham and Cheese Croissant Bake is the perfect holiday breakfast. Croissants, ham, gruyere, and custardy eggs layered together and baked.
Recipe: So Much Food Blog
Ham Croissant Bake
Get your cookout game on point with these incredible Hawaiian Ham & Pineapple Kabobs! Made with savory, delicious ham, fresh pineapple and veggies, these simple ham skewers will be your new favorite summer grilling recipe!
Recipe: Delightful E Made
Ham and Pineapple Skewers
Looking for a way to use up all that leftover holiday ham? This Ham and Potato Hash is the perfect breakfast to whip up for your post holiday breakfast!
Recipe: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Ham and Potato Hash
These Breakfast Burritos will make a breakfast person out of you. Crisp on the outside and filled with egg, ham and cheese. Easy freezer breakfast burritos!
Recipe: Natasha's Kitchen
Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos
Savor the blend of creamy potatoes, savory ham, tender carrots, and tangy pickles in this classic ham potato salad. The perfect side dish for any gathering!
Recipe: Homemade Hooplah
Ham Potato Salad
Easy homemade Scalloped Potatoes and Ham recipe – creamy, cheesy sauce, chunks of ham (works perfectly with leftover ham) and thin cut potato layers, make this dish a crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Adore Foods
Easy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Straight from a southern kitchen, this Mississippi sin dip is made with a mix of cheese, tender ham, and fresh green onions, all served in a crispy bread bowl.
Recipe: Homemade Hooplah
Mississippi Sin Dip
Creamy Ham Pasta with Asparagus is a simple 30-minute recipe that will elevate cooked ham to a new level.
Recipe: Julia's Album
Creamy Ham Pasta with Asparagus
Ham & Cheese Breakfast Soufflé – an easy and delicious soufflé loaded with smoked Gouda, ham, eggs and Parmesan wrapped in puff pastry.
Recipe: Saving Dessert
Ham & Cheese Breakfast Soufflé
Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles – Crunchy, yet silky smooth hashbrowns made right in the waffle iron. So quick, so easy, and just so darn good!
Recipe: Damn Delicious
Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles
This creamy pasta with ham, peas, and parmesan is like the best adult version of mac and cheese thanks to the elevated zing of lemon zest.
Recipe: Foodie Crush
Creamy Lemon Pasta with Ham and Peas
Buttermilk biscuits are loaded with ham & cheese and baked until they come out slightly crispy, yet incredibly fluffy.
Recipe: Certified Pastry Aficionado
Ham & Cheese Biscuits
Who can resist a Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwich coming hot out of the oven? In the Brazilian version, the sandwiches are covered with creamy mustard-y sauce.
Recipe: Olivia's Cuisine
Brazilian Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwich

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35+ Recipes that Use Leftover Ham

Here's 35+ leftover ham recipes to unleash your culinary creativity and turn it into something new and exciting! Try this Leftover Ham Casserole! Ham, rice, and veggies are rejuvenated in a creamy, savory sauce, topped with parmesan and breadcrumbs, then baked until bubbly.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in flour and cook 1-2 minutes; add white wine (or dry vermouth) and stir. Add stock and milk, and bring to a bubble. Cook the sauce over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Cook broccoli by placing it in a microwave safe bowl and covering it. Microwave for 3-4 minutes until broccoli is bright green and tender. Or, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add broccoli and cook for 4 minutes until broccoli is bright green and tender.
  • To the sauce, add the cooked rice, cooked broccoli, ham, and cheese, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish.
  • In a small skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the panko and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley and parmesan. Sprinkle the panko mixture over the casserole and bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly. Serve immediately.


To make ahead: Save time by making the sauce (without the ham, rice, or vegetables added) up to 1 day ahead of time. Keep it in an airtight container, then reheat it in a saucepan before assembling and baking the casserole as normal.
You can also assemble the casserole the day before baking. Keep covered in the fridge, then bake the next day.
To store: The baked casserole is best served immediately. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 or 2 days, but just know that the vegetables and rice will become soggy the longer they sit.
To freeze: Assemble the casserole without the breadcrumb topping, then cover and freeze. It freezes well for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge before adding the breadcrumbs and baking.
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Calories: 624kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1103mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1272IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 500mg | Iron: 2mg

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