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. I still have ham from 2022 in my freezer. I really don’t like ham, so this year I bought ham steaks from Sam’s Club. Three large ones, vacuum sealed. Yesterday’s leftovers were supper for our dogs. A simple recipe for ham is to slice then grind thru a food processor. Add mayonnaise, mix and spread onto bread for sandwiches.

  2. We had baked ham, oven potatoes, kale salad, pickled okra, fresh-found Easter eggs, jello eggs, and cornbread muffins. Lemon pound cake for dessert.

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