15 Leftover Ham Recipes so Your Holiday Feast Doesn't Go to Waste

From ham and egg sandwiches to gnocchi with arugula and ham, you'll wish for more leftovers to try all these recipes.

Open Faced Croque Monsieur with leftover ham served on a blue circular plate


A holiday ham is a beautiful, enormous piece that makes a statement, feeds a crowd, and somehow seems to last in your fridge until the next holiday season. (That may be a bit of an exaggeration.)

Say goodbye to leftover boredom because we have plenty of ideas that allow you to use your leftover ham in flavorful, distinct combinations. That way, you'll almost certainly devour the remains of your holiday feast before your next get-together. Here are 15 recipes that put that holiday dish to work.

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Ham-and-Egg Croissant Sandwiches

two ham and egg croissant sandwiches served on individual plates, surrounded by glasses
Victor Protasio

Wake up and smell the ham because these café-worthy breakfast sandwiches are worth having extra ham. Pick up your favorite bakery croissants beforehand and have them ready so you can whip up this sandwich recipe.

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Open-Faced Croque Monsieur

Open-Faced Croque Monsieur With Leftover Ham Served on a Circular Blue Plate
Marcus Nilsson

This luxe French sandwich gets a steep upgrade with hand-sliced ham. Plus, the open-face style of this grilled cheese-adjacent dish lets you enjoy the ham even more. Add a fried egg on top to make it a Croque Madame!

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Tomato and Ham Breakfast Casserole

Tomato and Ham Breakfast Casserole Served in a Baking Pan on Top of a Wooden Cutting Board
Charles Masters

A casserole is fantastic any time of day. This ham-filled dish is excellent for breakfast or if you decide to turn it into breakfast for dinner. You can also prep it ahead of time to have an easy morning meal that just pops into the oven.

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Croque Madame and Tot Casserole

Croque Madame and Tot Casserole Served in a Green Baking Pan on Top of a Blue Surface
Antonis Achilleos

Hello, indulgence. France meets the U.S. in this rich sandwich-inspired tater tot casserole that makes excellent use of leftover sliced or cubed ham.

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French Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Side View of French Ham and Cheese Sandwich, with Layers of Ham, Gruyere Cheese, and a cornichons, butter, Dijon mustard, and tarragon spread
Danny Kim

Keep it classic with this recipe for a traditional French-style ham and cheese. It’s all about the contrast of the crusty baguette with the soft ham, plus sharp cheese, in this combo.

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Ham and Leek Quiche

Ham and Leek Quiche served on a white square plate with a knife next to it, surrounded by small circular white plates and metal forks for serving
Jennifer Causey

Your leftovers are getting a super-classy makeover with this quiche! Make your own crust, or go for a pre-made pie crust with this savory quiche that’s great hot or even at room temperature for a winter picnic.

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Sunny-Side-Up Sheet Pan Breakfast

Sunny-Side-Up Sheet Pan Breakfast Served in a Baking Pan, Displayed on a Light Blue Background
Greg DuPree

Who says leftovers don’t deserve the sheet pan meal treatment? Cook a morning feast with ham, sunny-side-up eggs, and veggies—with only one dish to wash!

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Ham and Potato Pizza

Top View of Ham and Potato Pizza Served in a Rectangular Baking Pan Against a Striped Pink Background With Pizza Cutter on the Side
Heami Lee

Try Midwestern-style meat and potatoes that you can eat with your hands. Thick-cut ham is the star of this pie that the whole family can make together and enjoy.

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Crunchy Baked Chicken With Ham and Swiss

Crunchy Baked Chicken With Ham and Swiss Served in a White Baking Dish With Gold Handles
Jen Causey

Your weeknight dinner is efficient and delicious with this crispy, gooey baked chicken that makes great use of ham leftovers. Top chicken cutlets with ham and breadcrumbs, then set them under the broiler for optimum crunch.

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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict served on stacked blue and pink plates
Debby Lewis-Harrison/Getty Images

Eggs Benedict is always a treat, especially when made yourself. Leftover ham definitely works between poached eggs and toasted English muffins and is so decadent covered in hollandaise sauce. If you have leftover spinach or greens, squeeze those on there, too.

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Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo sandwich cut in half, served on a circular white plate with raspberry jam in a small bowl to the side
Caitlin Bensel

Perhaps the most indulgent sandwich known to humankind, the Monte Cristo takes French toast and makes it into a grilled cheese with powdered sugar and jam for a truly epic creation. This could be the start of a tasty new day-after-holiday tradition.

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Drunken Cheesy Bread

Drunken Cheesy Bread Recipe Served in a metal bowl with a metal spoon
Marcus Nilsson

Part fondue, part bread pudding, but all cooked and assembled in one dish, this cheesy bread is an excellent party appetizer. It's also just as cozy to dig into for a night on the couch. Go ham!

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Scallop and Corn Chowder

Scallop and Corn Chowder served in a white bowl and garnished with parsley
Frances Janisch

Making chowder is simple and oh-so-rewarding, plus it’s perfect for spooning out of a mug after a long day of cooking. Swap out the small diced bacon for ham in this recipe, and you’ll be pleased with the holiday flavor infused into this soup.

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Slow-Cooker Cuban Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Cuban Pork Sandwich Served on a White Circular Plate with Sliced Pickles on the Side
Greg DuPree

Level up your homemade Cubano by using leftover sliced ham. Let the slow cooker do most of the work while you await an excellent warm sandwich.

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Crispy Gnocchi With Arugula and Ham

Crispy Gnocchi With Arugula and Prosciutto on a White Circular Plate
Jennifer Causey

Swap out prosciutto in this recipe for small pieces of diced ham. It will add savory flavor and protein, and it makes for a delicious day-after dish. Plus, you’ll get some fresh greens in a one-pot meal too.

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