A majority of American families have ham for Easter dinner. Leftovers always pose a challenge as you want to come up with something new, rather than the expected ham sandwich or heated plate from the day before. Get creative with your leftover Easter ham and use it as a meat replacement in traditional dishes to give them a new spin. All of these meal ideas feed families of 4 to 6 people.
Strata is a hearty brunch meal that is also great for a dinner entrée. It is essentially a casserole, but your leftover ham, dinner rolls and maybe some of the vegetables can be used in. The recipe is simple and requires little prep. Strata is basically scrambled eggs with meat, cheese, vegetables and leftover bread. Any combination of items works. It is best served with a fresh green salad or fresh fruit.
Ham noodle casserole is a quick and easy weeknight fix after a busy holiday weekend. When making this dish, any noodle will do but shells work best. With the noodles and 2 cups of leftover ham, add 1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese, 1 cup frozen broccoli, ½ cup frozen peas and carrots and 1 can of cream of broccoli or broccoli cheddar soup. Mix this with the milk (fill the soup can with milk), a pinch of salt and pepper and it’s ready to bake. It’s a very easy meal that is filling at the same time.
If pasta salad was part of your Easter dinner, toss in some leftover ham and cubes of cheese. That’s it, dinner is ready. Pasta salad, whether it is mayonnaise/sour cream based or vinaigrette based, is the perfect vehicle for leftover Easter ham. All of the food groups are represented and it is colorful. Add some thawed frozen peas for a pop of fresh, cold sweetness and perhaps a handful of shredded cheese for color too.
Ham and Swiss Roll
This simple Easter ham leftover meal will make the family think you ordered out. All you need for this is fresh pizza dough, ham and Swiss cheese slices. Consider adding in some vegetables like onions, bell peppers or banana peppers for more flavor if you like.
Roll out the pizza dough and layer on the ham and cheese. Roll it tightly and cut about 5 slits across the top to help it cook through. Follow the baking instructions on your pizza dough, since every type varies. Serve with traditional ham and cheese sandwich condiments on the side and a fresh salad.
Ham is full of smoky, salty flavor. When cooking with it in a recipe, refrain from using salt or soy sauce. The ham has enough salt in it already. Almost any recipe that calls for meat can have ham used as a substitute. Casseroles and crockpot meals are great for leftover ham since it can withstand being cooked for a long period of time a second time around without drying out too much.
What do you do with your Easter leftovers?