Six Smart Ways To Use Up Leftover Holiday Ham

If you had a ham this Christmas, chances are there is a little bit left over. You can use it to make sandwiches (obviously) but if you want to get a little more creative, here are some of my favourite uses for the slices of salty pork.

Photo by Steve Lilley.

  • Add It to Soup: Not only can you use the bone to make a nice stock — like April Bloomfield does with her green pea and ham soup — but bits of chopped ham work well in a whole variety of soups, like navy bean, split pea and even a creamy potato and leek.
  • Use It to Season Veggies: Chop up a slice and use it like you would bacon, and fry it along with collards, pinto beans or green beans. (Really, ham is tasty with literally any bean.)
  • Build a Meaty Breakfast: Chuck it into a scramble, use it in a Benedict or fry thick slices of it to go with eggs and toast.
  • Place It in Pasta: Salty cubes of ham make creamy pasta dishes even more warming and comforting than they already are. You can also combine it with cheese, eggs and herbs for a delicious ravioli filling.
  • Put It in a Potato: Actually, I recommend setting out all of your holiday meal leftovers with a pile of hot baked potatoes and letting your family build their own salty, fluffy masterpiece, but salty ham should be front and centre.
  • Pile It on Pizza: Is there anything better than a pizza topped with ham and pineapple? I think not, but I’m one of those perverts who likes pineapple on pizza.

Of course, no one would blame you for just making a sandwich (with a smear of mayo, on a leftover roll). Ham sandwiches are full of truth.