Tasty Ways to Use Leftover Christmas Ham 35 Recipes - the Imperfectly Happy home (2024)

Leftover Christmas ham can be used a ton of delicious recipes! I have been hosting Christmas dinner for 23 years. I love cooking up a huge ham with my family’s secret sauce. But I also make so many side dishes and goodies that there is always a good amount of leftover Christmas ham to be used up.

But I don’t worry about that anymore because I have collected and used so many amazing recipes now that I am able to use up all the leftover Christmas ham without making the whole family sick of it!

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Leftover Christmas Ham 35 Recipes

I’ve listed 35 amazing ways to use your left ham from Christmas. The hardest part just might be picking which one to use!!! I typically can get 2 or 3 leftover meals out of my leftover ham; which is great because I don’t want to shop or cook much after the holidays.

FAQ About Leftover Christmas Ham

How long is leftover ham good in the refrigerator?

According to FoodSafety.gov most consumer-cooked hams (like pre-cooked spirals or sliced) can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 – 5 days after being removed from packaging and cooked at home.

Can I freeze leftover Christmas Ham?

Again, according to FoodSafety.gov a packaged, pre-cooked ham, that has been consumer cooked at home can be frozen for up to 2 months. Some uncured hams can go as long as 4 months.

Be sure to check the entire list for Ham Storage to make sure the exact time you can store or freeze your ham.

My Favorite Recipe for Leftover Christmas Ham

My favorite way to use our leftover ham is my grandmother’s ham and beans! It is a great, and yummy, way to use a lot of ham at once. And if you have your family staying with you after Christmas, this will still feed a large crowd. Serve it with leftover Christmas rolls, make some drop biscuits or whip up some cornbread.

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My Grandma’s Best Southern Ham and Beans Recipe

This is a delicious budget-friendly meal. And if you have a big crowd, this recipe is easily doubled so everyone can enjoy it!

Servings 8


  • 1lbsof dry pinto beansor whatever bean you prefer
  • 4or 5 smoked ham hocksor use dicedleftover ham, about 1/2 – 3/4 lbs should do it
  • 1large yellow onionchopped
  • 2– 3 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1bay leafoptional
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the beans (you don’t have to soak them overnight with this method)

  2. Put the beans, ham hocks, chopped onion, pepper and bay leaf in a large stock pot and cover with water.

  3. Bring to boil and then turn down to a low simmer.

  4. Cover and let simmer low for several hours.

  5. Stir and check often – you may need to add a bit more water, but only enough to keep everything covered

  6. Beans will be tender and the sauce will thicken up.

  7. Break up the meat into the beans and serve in a bowl with warm corn bread.

Leftover Christmas Ham 35 Recipes

Leftover Ham Recipes – Breakfast / Brunch

Feeding a crowed or just your family the day after Christmas? Here are some wonderful breakfast and brunch recipes for that leftover Christmas ham!

Kohlrabi, Ham & Mushroom Frittata from Lil Suburban Homestead

Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole from Cooking Classy

Baked Western Omelet with Ham from The Seasoned Mom

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Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche from I Heart Naptime

Stuffed Honey-Ham Biscuits from Pillsbury

Breakfast Ham Fajitas from Cooking Classy

Leftover Ham Breakfast Enchiladas from Grace and Good Eats

Overnight Breakfast Casserole from Food Storage Moms

Leftover Ham Recipes – Soups

A warm bowl of soup with leftover Christmas ham can be the perfect winter meal!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup fromImperfectly Happy

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup from Spend with Pennies

Creamy Ham Potato & Corn Chowder from Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Creamy Ham & Wild Rice Soup from Betty Crocker


A fast and easy casserole is about all I want to cook after all my holiday endeavors! LeftoverChristmashamcasserolestotherescue!

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Ham and Noodle Casserole from the Salty Marshmallow

Cheesy Leftover Ham and Rice Casserole from I Wash You Dry

Cheesy Ham, Potato and Bacon Casserole from Oh Sweet Basil

Mother’s Ham Casserole Recipe from Taste of Home

Leftover Ham & Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes from The Seasoned Mom

LeftoverHamRecipes– Pasta

Mix up your leftover hams with some yummy pasta – game changer!

Macaroni Ham and Broccoli from Belle of the Kitchen

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Ham and Cheese Penne from Jo Cooks

Ham, Peas and Pasta with Garlic Parmesan Sauce from Damn Delicious

One Pot Ham, Cheese and Pasta Recipe from Show Me the Yummy


Pockets, Puffs and Pizza…oh my leftover ham!!!

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Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets – Taste of Home

Ham, Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Everyday Maven

Ham and Swiss Stromboli from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Mississippi Sin Ham Dip from McCormick

Ham & Mashed Potato Cakes from All Recipes

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs from The Chunky Chef

Ham Fried Rice from Fav Family Recipes

Leftover Ham Hawaiian Pizza from Joanie Simon

Ham and Potato Hash from Simple Recipes

Classic Cobb Salad with Ham from Recipe Girl

LeftoverHamRecipes– Specialty Diets

Keto? Low Carb? Paleo? Still have some great ways you can use your leftover Christmas Ham!

Keto Ham and Cheese Scones from All Day I Dream About Food

Paleo Ham Chowder from Paleo Leap

Keto Cheesy Ham Hash Egg Cups from I Breathe I’m Hungry

Keto Cheesy Ham Hash Egg Cups from I Breathe I’m Hungry

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Tasty Ways to Use Leftover Christmas Ham 35 Recipes - the Imperfectly Happy home (2024)


How long will Christmas ham keep in the fridge? ›

How long does Christmas ham last? Christmas ham stored in the fridge, either on the bone or carved off and wrapped in plastic and foil, will keep perfectly well for up to two weeks. Ham wrapped in plastic and foil and then frozen will last in the freezer for up to a month.

How long does ham last in a ham bag? ›

We did some investigating and it turns out your ham can last up to two or three weeks! You'll need to look after it though – keeping it moist using a calico 'ham bag'. Other solutions include a damp tea towel or even a moist pillowcase. Pop some vinegar and water over it and repeat every three to four days.

How do you keep leftover ham moist? ›

Add up to ½ cup of chicken broth to keep the meat moist or opt for a couple of tablespoons of butter or oil to give the ham a nice sear.

How to tell if Christmas ham has gone bad? ›

If your ham starts to take on a green or grey hue, or even gets black or brown in a few areas, throw it away. If it doesn't smell good, throw it away. Ham should have a salty or smokey aroma, almost sweet. If there is a sour smell or something smells off, don't take the chance of a food-borne illness.

Is ham still good after 7 days? ›

When Should You Throw Out Ham? If your ham has been stored in the fridge for more than five days after the package has been opened or in the freezer for more than six months, it is best to throw it out. Ham that has been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit should also be disposed of.

Can dogs eat ham? ›

Is Ham Bad for Dogs? Ham is not toxic to dogs, but it's also not a healthy treat for them. So if your pup eats a little piece that fell to the floor, they should be totally fine. But feeding ham to your dog as a regular snack can cause some long-term health issues.

Can you freeze leftover Christmas ham? ›

If you want to freeze your Christmas ham (we don't need to tell you how much space they take up in the fridge), cut thick slices and wrap them in plastic, and then in foil. You can keep your ham slices frozen for up to a month.

Is ham good in the fridge for 10 days? ›

Now that Easter is over, you might be wondering what to do with leftover ham. Of course there are many options, but one thing you should not do is let it sit too long in the refrigerator. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ham is good for three to five days in the refrigerator after it is cooked.

Why do you put vinegar on ham bags? ›

Wet your ham bag in a solution of water and 2 tbsp of vinegar, and wring out the excess moisture. After carving, cover the ham with the reserved rind, then place inside your ham bag. Do not use plastic wrap to cover the ham. Rinse out your Ham Bag and repeat the vinegar process every 3 days to retain freshness.

What vinegar to use for ham bags? ›

Here is how to keep your ham fresh and moist. Rinse a ham bag or large, clean tea towel with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon DYC White Vinegar. Squeeze any excess liquid from the bag or tea towel. Place the ham in the bag or wrap in the tea towel to completely enclose.

Is it better to freeze or refrigerate ham? ›

Information. Spiral-cut hams and leftovers from consumer-cooked hams may be stored in the refrigerator three to five days or frozen one to two months. Keep your refrigerator at 40 °F or less and your freezer at or near 0 °F. See also Ham and Food Safety.

How do you warm up leftover ham without drying it out? ›

Place in an oven-safe baking dish. Cover top of ham with loosely wrapped aluminum foil to keep moisture in. Bake at 275 degrees F at 10 minutes per pound–or until meat thermometer reads 135 – 140 degrees.

How to reheat cooked ham without drying it out? ›

The goal is to reheat the ham without drying it out. The best way to do this is to place the ham on a rack in a roasting pan. Add water to the bottom of the pan and cover the whole thing tightly with foil. Bake at 325F for 16-20 minutes per pound, until a meat thermometer registers 135F.

What can I put on my ham so it doesn't dry out? ›

The best way to keep your ham from drying out is to utilize the drippings that come in the package. Pour the juice from the package onto the ham. If there isn't a lot of juice in your package, you may want to add your own liquid.

How long is my Christmas ham safe to eat? ›

In the absence of a use-by-date, if bought unpackaged from the butcher, it can only be refrigerated for up to five days in total. If you purchased a cured or smoked ham and you cooked it for your Christmas dinner, you can keep the leftovers for four days in the fridge.

How long can you keep a fully cooked ham in the refrigerator before cooking it? ›

All cooked meat should be frozen or will last 4 or 4 days in a fridge. Smoked meat like smoked ham may last a week or 2.

How do you keep Christmas ham fresh in the fridge? ›

Mix together 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and wet the bag, make sure it is completely soaked through. Wring it out slightly so it's not dripping and place ham inside or wrap completely in the tea towel. Store in coolest part of fridge (usually at the bottom).


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