Menu Plan: October 31-November 6

If you follow me on facebook then you know that yesterday I cooked an 18 pound ham. Yes, you read that right an 18 pound ham and that was actually only 1/2 a ham.

We raise hogs as a side job/hobby farm. The meat we get from our hogs is really good. We are very careful how we raise and feed them, so we have high quality meat.

I love having a freezer full of pork, but I do get tired of ham. You usually get 2 hams per hog, but we have each of those cut in half, so we end up getting 4 hams per hog. This means we eat a lot of ham each year.

This year our hams were the largest hams that we have had. We ended up getting four 16-18 pound hams per hog, and that is a lot of ham.

The trouble with having a lot of ham is that I am tired of ham.

Yes, I know that many of you would love to have lots of extra ham in your freezer, and I am thankful for it, I am just tired of it, and because I am tired of it I have not cooked much of it this year. This means I have three hams in my freezer that need used up before we butcher our hogs in December.

And that is the reason I cooked a ham yesterday and why this week should be title how many ways can I serve ham week.

I have my menu plan made up for the week, but I would love to hear how you like to use up leftover ham.

I really some new ideas for the other hams sitting in my freezer? Not to mention the hams that will fill up my freezer again once we butcher this years hogs. So, please help me out and leave me some new ideas for leftover ham.


ham and potatoes (I am basically adding ham to that potato dish)

ham and cheese panini sandwiches and fruit

leftover ham (maybe pasta or alfredo)

breakfast for dinner (ham of some sort)

pizza and salad

ribs, oven fries, and vegetables

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. what about making ham salad sandwiches? ummmm try pairing it with other meats to mix it up (ham and turkey to make clubs) (roast beef and ham for cubans) – you could do a quasi-reuben?? (we like sandwiches here, LOL)

  2. Ham and avocado go very nicely together. You can wrap them in a tortilla or lettuce leaf, spread them on a big cracker, or put them in a pita pocket with some tomatoes (and possibly olives). It’s a great quick lunch option.

    Our family also enjoys homemade ham and broccoli hot pockets. I use mayonnaise instead of/ along with cheese inside. Very good.

  3. My hubby loves ham, so I look forward to seeing all the different ways you prepare it. Here are a few ideas:
    Pintos with ham.
    Senate bean soup.
    Split pea soup.
    Hoppin’ John.
    Ham and cheese quiche.
    Deviled ham.
    Ham Tetrazzini.
    BBQ shredded ham sandwiches.
    Ham pot pie.
    Chicken cordon bleu.
    Ham and cheese muffins.

  4. You were supposed to save a ham to go with the ribs and turkey we’ll be eating when we come to visit 😛

  5. Ham and fried eggs with baked beans

    ham and potato cheesy mash

    slow cooker/crockpot ham, new potatoes, cabbage and baby carrots simmered in an onion soup mix

    beans and ham soup

    ham & cheese cornbread muffins

    ham and mayo jacket pototoes

    Any of these ideas help? (I love ham but we hardly ever serve it in our house. *sigh*)

  6. I have a ham loaf recipe that will get posted in the next couple of weeks, but you could look one up if you don’t already have one. My family really likes it.

  7. Use it in corn chowder…..

  8. i’ve made a ham & cheese baked ziti before that was good. also do you know anyone who is going to be needing baby/sickness/surgery meals anytime soon? you could make up some freezer meals for them…

  9. We don’t eat ham often here, so when I do cook a ham, we too have lots leftover and I have to get creative to use it up. We mostly use it in quiche, soups (farmhouse ham chowder is a favorite), scalloped potatoes, and pasta with peas and ham. not terribly creative! my kids like a little ham tucked into a grilled cheese.

  10. We used to raise our own hogs too so I can understand the getting tired of ham thing. Have you thought that with lots of people in need this year…maybe you could donate a ham or two for a Thanksgiving or Christmas basket?? Maybe soup kitchen would be able to accept one or you could make ham sandwiches and deliver them to areas where homeless people hang out. What a blessing to have an abundance of meat.

  11. Patti Beverlin says:


    16 ounces rigatoni pasta
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup flour
    4 cups milk
    2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided use (I use more)
    1/2 pound thinly sliced ham, chopped
    onion salt, garlic salt, black pepper — to taste (use generously!)
    small pats of butter for top (optional)

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook pasta in a large pot until just past the al-dente stage, or just starting to get soft (about 8-10 minutes). Drain and set aside.

    In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter is melted, whisk in flour. Add your milk, and continue to stir with whisk until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. When the white sauce is done, add your seasoning, ham, and one cup cheese. Stir well, to get the cheese melted.

    Add drained pasta to the sauce and stir to combine. Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan; smooth the top and sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Dot the top with your pads of butter and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and brown.

  12. Jambalaya? I think it is even gluten-free without adaptation. Here is a link to a recipe that has only ham:

  13. I know you are tired of regular ham dishes so what I’d do is grind some up with a hand crank grinder, mix in mayo and sweet relish and make a great ham salad that is awesome on Ritz crackers. I could eat this stuff by the buckets!!

  14. We raise our own pigs, too, and I, too, LOVE having a freezer full of pork…but sometimes it gets old. Still there is nothing like the taste of your own pork. One thing I do is make a breakfast casserole and put in the fridge the night before with ham instead of sausage in it.
    I also make this potato soup recipe in a crock pot:

    Cook on low all day:
    8-10 peeled Yukon gold potatoe cubed
    (2) cans chicken broth
    (1) can cream of chicken soup
    garlic powder, pepper

    About 30 minutes – 1 hour before serving add:
    (1) 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
    chopped left over ham (just eyeball it)
    chopped chives (optional)
    Cook stirring often until cream cheese melts (it helps to heat cream cheese a few seconds in the mircowave before adding)
    Serve topped with bacon bits, grated cheddar and more chives. You can add an additional can of broth and a can of soup to extend it.

    Good luck with the hogs!

  15. I have a great and EASY Ham and Bean Soup recipe that is a hit with my family. I also sometimes do a frozen hashbrown, ham, and egg casserole that is pretty good. Basically, get a casserole dish, fill it halfway with frozen hashbrowns, then add a thick layer of chopped ham and shredded swiss cheese. Top with the rest of the hashbrowns. Mix up several eggs (I use about 6 in a 9×12 casserole) with some cottage cheese (8-ish ounces) and pour evenly overthe top. Bake at 350 for an hour or more, until the middle is set. It’s delicious!

  16. You could slice it very thin or in small pieces and make a Hawaiian Pizza – ham and pineapple. I’ve made calzones or pocket pizzas like this and they froze well.

  17. I agree with Mrs. B. There are so many people out of a job and wondering where there next meal will come from, they would love to receive such a good ham. As Mrs. B. said even the soup kitchens may love it if it is something they can accept. I would definitely check into it!!!

  18. This is one of our favorites:
    Ham and Rice Bake
    1 1/2 cups cheese sauce (or 1 can cheese soup)
    1-2 cups cooked rice
    2 cups chopped ham
    1 pkg frozen broccoli, thawed slightly
    1/2 cup cottage cheese
    Mix all. Pour into casserole dish. Top with crushed croutons or buttered bread crumbs. Bake 375 30 min or until hot and bubbly. (easy to double!)

  19. You could do a ham giveaway on your blog!! HAHA!

    And one of our favorites is ham with green beans and new potatoes.

  20. katklaw777 says:

    I’d luv to get one of your hams for a Xmas present…I am sure there is someone on your list that would appreciate your wonderful homegrown gift. It sure beats a fruitcake!
    Have a cooking day where you reinvent your ham into items and recipes that can be refrozen. Calzones, breakfast muffins, casseroles and soups. That way you don’t have “ham” for dinner you have bean soup or breakfast casserole.
    My fave ham recipe is ham, cheese and avocado quesadillas.
    Another fav is grilled ham and pineapple on a Hawaiian bun(roll) with mild cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese…that combo is awesome.

  21. One of my family’s favorites is ham balls! I would be happy to share the recipe if you need one!

  22. Split Pea Soup with Ham
    Ham and Navy Bean Soup
    Hawaiian Pizza’s
    Ham and Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
    Ham, Egg and Melted Cheese Bagel or Biscuit Sandwiches for Breakfast

  23. Sale the ham and Buy Steak for your hubby!

  24. I don’t know if it’s feasible for you, but one solution might be to trade away some of your ham to other folks who have grown beef, chickens, etc — sort of a co-op system. Good luck getting the most use out of your hard work, without getting toooo tired of ham. 😉

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