Southern Plate Favorite Recipes to Use Up Leftover Ham

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Is your fridge overflowing with leftover ham following Easter dinner or a holiday feast? Well, from sensational salads to comforting bowls of soup and appetizing lunch ideas, here are some great recipes with ham leftovers as the main ingredient.

Fork picking up piece of baked ham (hero image for recipes with ham leftovers).

I’d love to hear what you had for Easter dinner in the comments section below!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday. We had a great day spent together as a family complete with decorating Easter Eggs, a lovely walk in nature, and a beautiful church service. Oh and of course we finished it off with  a wonderful Easter meal (starring ham, of course!). 

So here it is Monday and I have a half of a big ‘ol ham left in my fridge. What to do? In case you have the same bounty, here is my list of favorite recipes with ham leftovers. Just click on the link to be taken to the corresponding blog post. Have a WONDERFUL Monday!

P.S. If you’re in need of a ham recipe, check out my baked ham with glaze. The glaze is so easy to make and scrumptious if I do say so myself! Here are also 23 recipes for Easter if you’re in need of some inspiration. Okay, let’s get cooking with those ham leftovers!

Recipes with Ham Leftovers

Old-fashioned ham salad sandwich.

Ham Salad

I love ham salad and this is my absolute favorite recipe for it! It’s so easy to make and is the perfect way to use leftover ham. What else do you need to make the perfect ham salad sandwich? Spicy brown mustard, sweet pickle relish, mayonnaise, boiled eggs, and some freshly cracked black pepper. 

Bite taken out of ham and swiss slider.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Use leftover ham slices in this ham and swiss sliders recipe for lunch the next day. They’re covered in the most delicious and flavorful buttery mustard sauce.

Mashed potatoes on plate with green beans and turkey in background.

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This cheesy garlic mashed potato recipe uses bacon, which you can easily swap with cubed ham leftovers for a delicious side dish.

Plate of ham pasta salad.

Smoked Ham and Veggie Pasta Salad

I pretty much made a whole vat of this today! With pasta, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh and frozen vegetables, ranch dressing, and smoked ham leftovers, this salad is the perfect way to increase your veggie intake after one too many Easter chocolates!


Spoonful of loaded potato soup.

Loaded Potato Soup

This loaded potato soup is so creamy, rich, and flavorful. What’s it loaded with? Well, besides lots of smoked meat and potatoes, you’ve got gooey cheese and cream.

Chicken fried brown rice


Southern-Style Butter Beans

Leave some meat on your ham bone and make my Southern-style butter beans recipe. The combination of tender and creamy beans with smoked ham makes the most flavorful comfort meal.

chicken fried cauliflower rice southern plate

Fried Brown Rice

Substitute the chicken in this fried rice recipe with ham and you have yourself a quick and easy ham fried rice dinner. 

A spoonful of Vegetarian Hoppin John.

Hoppin’ John

This may be a vegetarian version of Hoppin’ John, another Southern classic. But I’ve included notes where you can add either the ham bone, country ham, or pieces of ham to the black eyed peas.

Easy Omelet Baked in the Oven

Use the baked ham leftovers instead of the turkey sausage to make this easy baked omelet. Because breakfast for dinner is always a good idea, as is a leftover ham casserole.

Senate Bean Soup

Shortcut Senate Bean Soup

Love this stuff and my bean and creamy ham soup recipe makes it super easy. It calls for a smoked turkey leg, but substitute that for the ham bone and you’re good to go.

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

These loaded potatoes are great to keep in the freezer as a last-minute heat-and-eat side or a quick lunch! Substitute the turkey bacon for leftover ham and load your potatoes with green onion and cheddar cheese for an unbeatable lunch. 

Bowl of pinto beans and ham.

Pintos and Ham

A Southern classic :). This recipe features a step-by-step guide to how to make dried beans too.

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  1. Our Easter dinner included ham, hashed brown potatoes casserole, green beans, yeast rolls & homemade sugar cookies! Looking forward to making a quiche with leftover ham!

  2. We love ham tetrazinni – so delish with spaghetti pasta, creamy mushroom sauce, sauteed onion and celery, mushrooms and tons of cheese. I also add a little sherry to the cream sauce to make it sing!

  3. Gosh, all of these recipes really make me miss my mama! Talk about “comfort food” … yum to all!

  4. Only the 2 of us, but Ham, Broccoli with Cheese. Deviled Eggs, Strawberry Salad, Jordan Rolls and Pecan Pie Bars.

  5. Wow Diane… and ‘we’ thought NO ONE anywhere else enjoys “eating” as much as we Southerns do! Sounds like you guys really had a Blessed feast! Carrot Cake is delicious! One of our favs. as long as it is slathered with that cream cheese icing, anyway!

  6. We enjoyed ham dinner with my sister-in-law, her hubby, our 89 year old neighbor and our dear friends, We had crab puffs, deviled eggs, veggies & dip, pickles & olives, cheese & crackers (we are from Wisconsin), potato casserole, yams, asparagus, cooked carrots, ambrosia salad, hot rolls, fresh strawberry pie, carrot cake, and Easter candy!!

    1. Oh Dianne, wish we had been there – LOL!!! Makes my mouth water just thinking of your wonderful dinner. From Marilyn in Keene, NH

  7. We are having ours today! Turkey Breast, Creamed potatoes, green beans and corn, your mama’s creamy mac and cheese, deviled eggs, yeast rolls, sweet tea, and strawberry cobbler for dessert. I loved looking at your Easter pics! Have a great week!

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