Menu Plan

Yesterday I cooked one of our hams. I had three hams in my freezer that I needed to use up before we butcher this years hogs.  I love having our own pork, it is great. However, I get tired of ham. I know many of you would love to have lots of ham, but we get four to six hams a year. Ham is no longer a treat in our family.

I plan on cooking one or two hams around the holidays, but I wanted to cook one up now also. Yesterday I was home all day, so it was a good time to cook one. We now have lots of leftovers and we will be eating on it for several days this week.

Beacuse I have so much ham, I am always looking for new ways to serve the leftover ham. So, please share you favorite way to use ham leftovers?  I need ideas for next time I cook one.

ham alfredo

Ham Alfredo and Spinach


Pasta Fritta

Ham and Potatoes and Corn

Pizza and salad

Oven Grits CI

Oven Grits and fruit

Hotdogs, salad, and potatoes

Gluten Free Meltdown Soup


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  1. my stepmom calls this mac & jack:

    usually she uses deli ham, very very very thinly sliced but any substitution is great and often times when I make it for myself i throw in some procuitto as well:

    -1 pound penne, cooked in salted water but very very al dente
    -bechemel sauce made with 4tbs butter melted with 6tbs flour, browned and made into a roux, add 4 cups of skim milk that has been heated to just below a simmer. add one cup at a time and incorporate well. salt, pepper and a bit of nutmeg and paprika.

    -While you are heating the milk for the sauce and cooking the pasta, caramelize some onions and red bell peppers. salt, pepper, and jalapeno to taste (i generally dont like spicy pasta, but this one is sooo a winner. spice can be mild or strong depending on

    -combine all above ingredients into a large bowl (check for salt! adding it later doesnt do the trick), add about a pound of ham, a little bit of parm and gruyere cheese (not necessary but i like to), and some julienned basil leaves if you have any. pour into a baking dish (large, i use a lasagna pan or 13×9 cake pan) and top with 8 oz mixture of: gruyere, parm, and white cheddar…heavy on the gruyere…like mostly gruyere.
    -bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 and broil for last 2 minutes to brown on top if not already browned

    its AMAZING and by using skim milk it really isnt that bad for you (or so i tell myself!!) serve with big salad and there goes a pound of ham!!

  2. Tara this sounds so good. I am going to have to try it sometime my husband would love this one.Kind of a fancy mac and cheese type dish. Thanks!

  3. I have made a frittata with ham, broccoli and cheese several times that gets rave reviews from the family. We also use ham in black bean soup and the hubs likes ham salad sandwices, which is like tuna salad, except with ham.

  4. Homemade pizza with ham and pineapple. Baked potato bar with ham cubes, broccoli and cheese. Ham and egg scramble. Bow tie pasta, alfredo sauce, ham and peas. Ham and bean soup. I could go on and on. We love ham at our house!!!!

  5. I have a few ham recipes that I think are a little different:

    When I worked as a cook at a Boy Scout Camp one year, the head cook made BBQ Ham sandwiches -she dumped BBQ sauce on very thinly sliced deli ham and served it on buns – the kids gobbled it up!

    Ham & Cheese Toasters:
    a ham salad-like mix on english muffins, toasted:


    and Ham & Cheese Foil Sandwiches – these have poppy seeds and onions inside, also.

  6. You can’t go wrong with ham mixed into homemade mac’n’cheese. My husband may have married me just for homemade mac’n’cheese. Our favorite ham dish is simply white beans with ham. Even the four year old asks for more!

    Put the ham bone in your crock pot, add 1/2 pound dry white beans (washed but I never soak or anything like that) and enough water to cover. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. Take out the bone, add 2 cups diced ham, salt and pepper to taste and cook another hour. Adjust cooking time to suit your taste–longer cooking breaks down the beans more– smooth and thick soup vs beans in broth.

  7. Some of our family favorites:

    Ham and Potato Cassorole
    Ham Scramble
    Beans and Ham
    Ham and Ricearoni

    Looks like you have a yummy week planned.
    Have a great Halloween or Harvest Festival!

  8. Hawaiian pizza pasta

    1 lb pasta(i used corkscrews), cooked
    1 jar spaghetti sauce
    1 can pineapple chunks(drained)
    ham, diced
    mozzarella cheese for the top

    combine all ingredients(except cheese) and top w/ the cheese. cook for 20 mins(or until hot and bubbly) at 350

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