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Top 10 Ways to Use Up Leftover Ham


Unless you have a very large family, chances are you will not use up an entire ham in one meal. Ham sandwiches are delicious, of course, but try branching out to not only use up that leftover ham, but also use it as a meal-stretcher with these recipes.

1. Marinated Ham & Swiss Buns

Ham & Swiss Buns Recipe
Plan on making a double batch for any party or occasion, especially Superbowl. Even guys ask for the recipe. Marinated ham and Swiss buns make a killer appetizer, and better yet, you can make them a couple of days in advance before baking.
Photo © 2006 Peggy Trowbridge, licensed to About.com, Inc.

2. Ham Balls

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© 2008 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Sure to please your guests, this baked appetizer combines ham and fresh ground pork with vegetables, mustard, spices, and a splash of whiskey. The glaze is amazing. This is a big favorite for parties and sporting events.

3. Cherry, Cheese, and Ham Chicken Recipe

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© 2012 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Chicken breasts topped with cherry preserves, topped with Gouda cheese, wrapped in ham, and baked to flavorful perfection. What's not to love?

4. Ham and Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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© 2013 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Turn the ultimate comfort food (macaroni & cheese) into a full meal by adding ham and broccoli. The homemade cheese sauce gives that creamy richness. Bacon bits and Parmesan cheese are the icing on the cake. This casserole is sure to please all.

5. Colorful Frittata Recipe

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© 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Frittatas are a great way to use up leftovers, and ham is a perfect match for eggs. This frittata is also loaded with broccoli, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers, green onions, and of course, Cheddar cheese. Have breakfast for dinner.

6. Lentil Soup

Hearty lentil soup is perfect for family dinners. Add salad and bread and you have a full meal. Recipe may be frozen.

7. Cauliflower Gratin

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© 2013 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Three cheeses and ham give a rich depth of flavor to bland cauliflower. Cauliflower gratin makes a great side dish, but consider it also for breakfast or brunch. Great for low-carb diets.

8. Ham and Cheese on Rye Bread

The ham and cheese are baked into this bread roll. Just bake and slice. No assembly required.

9. Ham and Acorn Squash Skillet Dinner

This is a great way to use up leftover ham. Ham patties top buttered acorn squash all in one skillet. Kids love this dish. If acorn squash is not in season, try substituting sweet potatoes.

10. Gruyere & Chicken Roulade

Gruyere cheese and ham are rolled up into chicken breasts and topped with wine gravy for an elegant presentation.
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