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The Best Leftover Ham Recipes

Here are a bunch of easy leftover ham recipes to use after the holidays. How to use your diced ham after Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Thrown into hearty soups, a breakfast casserole, or other meals your entire family will enjoy.

best leftover ham recipes

Even before Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas arrive I am already looking for easy leftover ham recipes. We have used it in the best leftover turkey recipe with this meat instead, and all of these. I know we will need quite a few using cubed ham. (originally posted 3/16, affiliate links present)

We always have oven baked ham leftovers and hate being wasteful. We’ve made several things ourselves but I thought about including a few more ideas this year from other bloggers. Enjoy your holidays and try something new this year with your leftover sliced ham from the big meal. 😉

  • Are you sick of the regular old??
  • We’re here with a few tweaks like air fryer sandwiches and ready to try other leftover ham recipes now too!

Leftover Ham Soup

Our Loaded Baked Potato Soup is something we make often. My daughter even asked for it for Christmas dinner this year! You can use diced meat from the day before or add a ham hock into the middle so the meat falls off the bone when done.

This totally loaded baked potato soup in the crockpot is super easy recipe to make and so delicious! You only need a few ingredients and it only costs about $10 to feed up to 6 people. Stovetop and pressure cooker potato soup instructions included too so you can cook it any way you want. #potato #soup #loaded #crockpot #slowcooker #pressurecooker #cheese

We’ve got lots of suggestions if you want something thicker more like a casserole or side dish like our slow cooker ham and beans or Crockpot ham and potatoes dishes.

Leftover Ham Recipe

Of course you can make some scrambled eggs, dice up what’s left and throw that in. Use your air fryer and make an air fryer breakfast omelette of sorts. Or try ham and cheese roll ups that can be thrown together in no time for dinner! When it’s cold outside and I have meat to use I love adding it into a hearty soup like Instant Pot lentil soup.

Your leftover Christmas ham has endless possibilities for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I absolutely hate to waste food in general but more so if it was once delicious and I know it would add a ton of flavor to other dishes the next day, or throughout the week. Think way beyond sandwiches, those are totally boring, Ham Pot Pie is better.

If you love leftover ham soups we have a bunch of those. They’re probably my favorite because you can throw in a bunch of ingredients, boil and serve it up with a few rolls.

leftover ham recipes

Recipe for Leftover Ham

Our Instant Pot potato cheese soup is great to throw leftover ham into. Then make a hash brown casserole, or air fryer hashbrowns in the morning for your crew. Added into scrambled ham and eggs with cheddar cheese is an easy one but that is just the very beginning.

Throw it into an Instant Pot casserole for a cheesy pasta dish if you like. I know not everyone is small appliance obsessed like I am so I’ll include the “old fashioned” method of cooking in a Crock as well below. I still use that for sure but my go to is a pressure cooker nowadays.

Crockpot split pea soup and/or Instant Pot split pea soup recipe are perfect with ham thrown in. If you do you won’t need any seasonings at the end. That is another plus because there is enough sodium in the meat, and flavor, that adds to the otherwise bland vegetable soup. So killer my husband who hates peas actually thinks this is amazing.

instant pot split pea soup

How to Use Ham Leftovers

This year I came up with a new leftover ham recipe here that uses puff pastry and my kids loved them! 😉 Anything they can pick up and becomes finger food of sorts is always a huge winner to them, and makes me a hero for dinner.

What to make with a lot of ham

Make our creamy Crockpot ham and potato soup with a few cups of leftovers or a pork shank thrown in there to get tender all day.

Our asparagus casserole recipe is yummy with leftover ham. I mean every time this veggie is in season I buy several bunches. It is our favorite and can be cooked multiple ways. Serve this as a unique brunch or breakfast idea when people come over.

Asparagus Casserole Recipe 2

Slice really thin and make a fun appetizer like our dill pickle roll ups! Here is one for cheesy ham rollups that is easy! You can make them in your oven or this way as air fryer chicken cordon bleu with it diced up small.

Just use Pillsbury crescent sheet, ham, swiss cheese, and put a bit of dill into mayo. to swipe on.

Then bake as directed on the crescent roll wrapper! You can also use crescent rolls and a muffin pan to make Leftover ham turnovers!

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Leftover Ham Recipe

Best leftover ham recipe to use after the holidays. Diced up and baked with cheese in crescent rolls and enjoy these ham turnovers.
Course Breakfast, Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, ham, leftover ham, muffin tin, turnovers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 859kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1.5 – 2 c ham diced small
  • 1.5 c cheese I use Swiss, diced small or shredded
  • 1/2 c mayonnaise or a bit more so everything is coated
  • 1 pkg crescent rolls
  • 1/4 tsp dill
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray holes in muffin tin with non stick spray.
  • In a bowl add all ingredients and toss together so everything is coated with mayo, if you need a bit more so it is all wet then add a bit more.
  • Open and unroll pkg. of crescent rolls. Put one roll in each muffin tin hole with the large part of the triangle in the bottom and the thinner part hanging over the side.
  • Add 1 heaping Tbsp of filling into the middle of each hole. Pull and fold over the top of the raw roll over the top and tuck under so the most of the top is covered as you can without ripping it.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are golden browned.
  • Sit in pan when done for 5 minutes, scoop out with a spoon and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Leftover Ham Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 859 Calories from Fat 612
% Daily Value*
Fat 68g105%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 2353mg102%
Potassium 389mg11%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 443IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 310mg31%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This cheesy scalloped potatoes with ham from Love Bakes Good Cakes…yum!!

A Dish of Daily Life has a yummy creamy pasta with ham and peas dish to try!

Try these broccoli, ham and cheese bake from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch!

leftover ham recipes

Here are some more great leftover ham recipes from other bloggers we love!

Here is a Scalloped potatoes and ham dish from Amy Cooking Adventures.

Ham and potato casserole from Oh, Sweet Basil we are going to try this year.

leftover ham recipe

This Ham cobb salad from Tastes better from Damn Delicious sounds great.

  • Ham pinwheels by Mom on Timeout would be a great appetizer or meal.
  • This Ham dip from Buns in my Oven looks amazing.

Take a look at our slow cooker soup recipes for more ideas. Hope you gathered some great ideas on how to use leftover ham this year…do you have another recipe you love?

If you have other leftover ham recipes let us know so we can add them to our list!

easy leftover ham recipes

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Saturday 23rd of April 2022

I got frustrated since the ads on this blog kept blocking the recipes on my iPad. I hope you can remove the excessive ADS. They were all repetitive ADs.


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Gotta say I actually enjoy all the dishes after Easter more than eating ham on Easter :) Thank you for sharing out mac and cheese with ham, it is a family favorite!


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Thanks so much for including my ham bone soup and ham and pea pasta! I'm excited to find some other great recipes to try too! Sharing!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

There is always a lot of leftovers to try new recipes.

Alli @ Cupcake Diaries

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Thanks for including my tortellini dish!! This is a great round up for using leftover Easter ham. I know where I'm headed the day after Easter! haha

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

You're very welcome....just finished with a new roundup image too!

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