Recipes That Use Up Leftover Ham
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Recipes That Use Up Leftover Ham

Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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HoneyBaked HamFrugal shoppers are good at planning ahead, and finding the sales. It is a smart way to save money on everything – including groceries. This week, you may have purchased a nice, large, ham for Easter dinner. Keep in mind that it is possible to overestimate how much you really needed. You don’t save money by throwing leftovers into the trash. Instead, try these recipes to use up leftover ham.

Ranch Ham and Pasta Salad
Betty Crocker has a very tempting recipe for a pasta salad that would make a light lunch. It serves 6 and takes 20 minutes to prep. It will use up 1 cup of diced fully cooked ham. Other ingredients include unpeeled small new potatoes, broccoli flowerets, uncooked radiatore pasta, some ranch dressing and more.

Ham and Potato Soup
This AllRecipes website describes this soup as “delicious”. It makes 8 servings and will use up ¾ cup of diced cooked ham. It also requires 3 ½ cups of peeled and diced potatoes, some celery, onion, water, chicken bouillon granules and a whole lot of dairy. The soup would make a great comfort food (for family members who are not lactose intolerant).

Ham Fried Rice
Here’s a recipe for the meat lovers! I found this recipe at MyRecipes.com, but it originated at Southern Living. It requires 3 bacon slices and will use up 1 ½ cups of chopped cooked ham. Toss in some red or green chopped bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, rice, lightly beaten eggs, soy sauce and more. Together, it creates a very different taste experience than the one your family had at Easter dinner.

Asparagus and Ham Stuffed Potatoes
Each one could make a meal all by itself! This recipe came from EatingWell. It makes 4 servings (of one stuffed potato for each person). Obviously, you will need some medium sized russet potatoes. It will use up 1 cup of diced ham. You will also need ½ bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into ½ pieces, sour cream, shredded Swiss cheese, and some seasoning.

Macaroni and Cheese with Country Ham
Here’s a nice way to make a typical dish of macaroni and cheese into something even more savory! The recipe comes from Saveur and it will serve 6 – 8 people. It will use up ¾ of a cup of diced leftover country ham. You will also need 3 cups of elbow macaroni, salt, pepper, some flour, milk, and butter. The recipe calls for 2 day-old breakfast biscuits, that you toast and then crumble over the dish. You might be able to use some leftover rolls from Easter dinner, instead.

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