14 Leftover Ham Recipes So Your Holiday Feast Doesn't Go to Waste

You’ll be wishing you had even more leftovers!



A holiday ham is a beautiful, enormous object that makes a statement, feeds a crowd, and somehow seems to last in your fridge until, well, the next holiday season?

Say goodbye to leftover fatigue, because we have a plethora of ideas that allow you to use your leftover holiday ham in flavorful, distinct combinations. That way, you'll almost certainly devour what remains of your Christmas feast before New Year's. Curious to know what to do with all that leftover ham? Here are 15 recipes that put that holiday dish to work.

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Ham and Egg Croissant Sandwiches

ham and Egg Croissant Sandwqiches
Victor Protasio

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

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Open-Faced Croque Monsieur

Open-Faced Croque Monsieur
Marcus Nilsson

This luxe French sandwich gets a steep upgrade with hand-sliced, leftover 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 Ham Breakfast Casserole

Tomato and Ham Breakfast Casserole
Charles Masters

Casserole is amazing any time of day, whether it’s for breakfast or you turn this ham-filled dish into breakfast for dinner. You can also prep ahead of time to have an easy morning meal that just pops into the oven

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Croque Madame Tot Casserole

Croque Madame and Tot Casserole
Antonis Achilleos

Hello, indulgence. France meets America 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, Gruyère 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 displayed on a white background.
Jennifer Causey

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

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Sheet Pan Breakfast

Sunny-Side-Up Sheet Pan Breakfast Recipe
Greg DuPree

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

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Ham and Potato Pizza

Ham and Potato Pizza
Heami Lee

Midwestern-style meat and potatoes that you can eat with your hands is here. 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

Easy chicken recipes - Crunchy Baked Chicken With Ham and Swiss
Jen Causey

Your weeknight dinner is efficient and delicious with this crispy, gooey baked chicken that makes great use of your ham leftovers. You’ll top chicken cutlets with ham and breadcrumbs, and set it under the broiler for optimum crunch.

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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict brunch
Debby Lewis-Harrison/Getty Images

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

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Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo
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
Marcus Nilsson

Part fondue, part bread pudding, but all cooked and assembled in one dish, this cheesy bread is an excellent party appetizer, or 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 is served in a white bowl and garnished with parsley.
Frances Janisch

Making chowder is simple and oh-so-rewarding, plus it’s perfect to spoon out of a mug after a long holiday 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 Sandwiches
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 Prosciutto and Greens
Jennifer Causey

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

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