Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How Many Meals Can you Make With Leftover Ham?

I bet the title to this post is what Bill is gonna be asking me after this week is over.  Okay, I decided to splurge and buy a delicious, already cooked ham from the Honeybaked Ham store {honeybakedham.com}.  They are so tasty with that brown sugar crust, but they are a bit pricey.  Bill had never had one, and I thought it would be great for him to try, and to minimize the amount of cooking I would be doing for Easter.  Well, when I brought it home and told him it was $62.23 (that was the total after a $5.00 off coupon), he said, WHAT????? and I think some other words that I better not post on here...LOL!  I said, oh, but they are so good, and you don't have to cook and/or heat them, honey.  Ya' just let them sit out at room temp for an hour and serve.  I'm quite sure, in ever Bill wit, he had a few more comments to say about that ham!  I will never live this one down, or at least, not for some time.  Well, I had a few less guests than I expected, and for those of you who have ordered one before, you don't get to tell them exactly how many pounds you want; it's a range, and let's just say this ham was big enough for about 25 guests - I kid you not!  

Well, it did make food prep a bit more easy, but in all candor, there are such good honey glazed spiral hams on the market now that require minimal prep time and cooking time, and are just as tasty, to be honest, for about $12-15.00, depending on size and brand.  So, next year, it will be Marlo's Honeybaked ham!  Yes, I said next year - you see, Bill & I are trying to have some family traditions, and what we have determined thus far is that Thanksgiving is at my Sister and Brother-in-law's house.  Let me tell you, Tracy is one heck of a cook and she does a great spread so I'm not gonna try and top that one.  Oh no, why try to reinvent the wheel?...LOL, and it's great to just be on deck to take a few sides or whatever she needs, and just relax! Bill and I have typically done  Christmas brunch and Easter.  Notice, I said brunch...yep, it's all about keeping it simple, but YUMMY!  The menu turned out to be a big hit, though, and everyone enjoyed the ham and leftovers were sent home to my sister-in-law, Tracy and her husband, Larry, and although my Sis didn't want any leftovers, I did make her two ham biscuits for her lunch yesterday when she was sweet enough to drop something off to me at 8:00 AM on a Monday morning while I was still in my PJs having coffee.  I know, I know, I've got it made with all these short weeks I work, and ya'  gotta love a Sister who you call at 9:00 PM the night before asking her to give something back you gave her, and then deliever it very early!!!  Love ya' Wilma!

Ok, back to the meals...I get a little sidetracked, ya' know.  Of course, Sunday night Bill had some leftovers as we did more of a brunch type meal than a late dinner and then last night we had more ham biscuits, leftover macaroni salad, deviled eggs (thanks to my Sis), seafood salad (thanks to my other sis (in-law), and sweet and spicy green beans. I figured we could only eat the "same" leftovers one night and a couple days for lunches, and here's what I've come up with for the other three days of ham meals.  Yes, Bill, when you read this, I said THREE MORE DAYS - gotta get that ROI on that expensive ham, honey!

Crustless Quiche - this is the old Bisquick original quiche that we have all made many a time

2 cups of ham, chopped*
1 to 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (Bill loves cheese so I use a bit more)
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
2 cups milk
1 cup Bisquick (I use the Heartsmart one)
4 eggs
Handful of chopped broccoli (I use the steamers and cook it according to package directions)

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray 2 quart dish or 9 inch pie plate with Pam.  Put onion, cheese and ham into the bottom of the dish.  In a separate bowl, mix the milk, eggs and Bisquick.  Pour over the ingredients in the dish and bake 30-40 minutes until the eggs are cooked through.

*This recipe can be made with bacon, sausage or seafood (just cook your meat before putting in casserole).

Ham, Pasta, Veggie Bake

11/2 cups Rotini Pasta, uncooked (or your favorite)
1 pkg (16 oz) frozen broccoli, carrots & cauliflower (or your favorite veggies), thawed
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divide this
1 to 2 cups ham, chopped
1/2 cup Vidalia onion, chopped
1 clove garlic (I use the minced in the jar)
1/2 to 1 cup croutons, crushed (I use the cheddar and garlic ones)

Cook pasta and place in a 2 qt dish that has been sprayed with Pam.  In a separate bowl mix together the sour cream, milk, 1 cup of the cheese, ham, onion, and garlic. Stir this mixture into the pasta mixture in the dish.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven, and sprinkle with the croutons and other cup of cheese and continue to bake for another 5 minutes for cheese to melt and croutons to brown.

Ham & Tater Tot Casserole

I have a ground beef tater tot casserole that is my "go to meal" on occasion and I thought why not try it with ham.  I love potatoes so anything I can think of to include them in a meal works for me.  Bill is not a big potato fan, but I think he will like this one!

2 cups ham, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1 cup Vidalia onion, chopped
1 (8 oz) package of peas, or you can do my original version which is the mixed veggie one
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb frozen Tater Tots (1/2 of 32oz pkg)

In a bowl mix together the soup and milk.  Then, in dish mix together the ham, soup mixture, peas and 1 cup of the cheese.  Top with Tater Tots and other cup of cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees or until bubbly and Tater tots are brown.

I think that will be enough ham to last the Soulios' home until Christmas, and Bill will be happy to know I used up that $62.23 ham!!!!  Hope you are finding some creative ways to use your leftover ham, if that's what you served for Easter,and feel free to share with me in the comment section, or leave your blog link.  If you didn't have ham, maybe check back for these quick & easy recipes at Christmas time.

Here's to innovative, ROI (LOL), and yummy ways to use up your leftover ham from our home to yours!

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