3 Ways To Use Leftover Ham

3 ways to use leftover ham from Easter (or any occasion) including a quesadilla for breakfast, ham salad for lunch and a BBQ Hawaiian pizza dinner recipe. 

When you think of holidays that produce massive amounts of leftovers, I’m guessing everyone’s mind immediately goes to Thanksgiving. Am I right? Maybe it’s just my family, but Easter gives T-day a run for it’s money in the leftover department. Different meat, same level of fridge inundation. The only issue is there aren’t a million sides leftover like there are on Thanksgiving to transform all that leftover ham in the days (weeks?) after and you’re stuck looking at 10 pounds of the stuff in your fridge thinking “ok, what the HELL am I going to do with all this?”

I got you.

3 ways to use leftover Easter ham

We’ll be eating week old ham for Easter this year because this delicious Jones Dairy Farm smoked ham was made last week so I could throw together some breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas for you guys using the leftovers. These may not use up 10 pounds of leftover meat, but they’ll get you on your way…

Ham, egg and cheese breakfast quesadilla using leftover Easter ham

Breakfast is an easy meal to sneak some leftovers in but instead of the typical omelet or scramble, how about a cheesy quesadilla to get the day started?

Chopped ham and dijon dill salad

Ok, google ham salad and then come back here. Ready…go. I’ll wait.

NASTY right? I don’t know what it is but when mayo meets a pinkish kind of meat, that’s just something I don’t want to touch with a 10 foot pole. So this ham salad is a bit different. Lots of fresh chopped veggies and a tangy dijon dill dressing that complements the saltiness of the ham really well.

BBQ Hawaiian pizza

Gotta give it to the Hawaiians, they knew what they were doing with the whole pineapple and ham thing. But, this version of the classic pairs it with some smoky BBQ sauce for a double smoked result that’ll have you licking your fingers.

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Use leftover Easter ham in this easy, cheesy breakfast quesadilla, a tangy dijon and dill ham salad or in the classic pineapple and ham pizza combination.

Ingredients

For the Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 8-10 inch whole wheat tortilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • pepper

For the Chopped Ham and Dijon Dill Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped

For the salad dressing

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • black pepper

For the BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

  • 1 store bought whole wheat or multi-grain pizza dough (or homemade if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple (fresh or canned just drain well if using canned)
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped

Instructions

    For the Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

    1. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a small bowl.
    2. Heat a skillet to medium and grease with butter or cooking spray.
    3. Once hot, add the eggs to the skillet and scramble. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
    4. Add a bit more grease to the skillet and lay the tortilla flat in the pan.
    5. Sprinkle most of the cheese over the entire surface of the tortilla, then transfer the scrambled eggs onto one side of the tortilla. Place the chopped ham and green onion on top of the eggs and season with some black pepper.
    6. Top with the remaining cheese and fold the tortilla in half.
    7. Press down with a spatula and cook until the cheese is melted and the bottom starts to brown.
    8. Transfer to a cutting board, slice into thirds and serve.

    For the Chopped Ham and Dijon Dill Salad

    1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
    2. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over salad.
    3. Toss until fully coated and serve.

    For the BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

    1. Preheat oven and a pizza stone (if using) to 500 degrees.
    2. Roll the dough out and spread the BBQ sauce evenly leaving a 1/2 inch border.
    3. Spread the ham and pineapple on top of the sauce and top with the cheese.
    4. Transfer dough to the pizza stone in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is starting to turn golden brown around the edges.
    5. Remove pizza from the oven and garnish with the green onions.

     

    Happy Easter!

    *Jones Dairy Farm sent me a ham and I was compensated for my time to share it with you. As always, all opinions, content and photography are 100% my own. 

    9 Comments

    1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

      I actually wasn’t planning on doing an Easter ham because 1. I’ll be entirely alone due to the fact that my husband will be working a graveyard and my family is in Canada and 2. I didn’t want leftovers for eleventy million years.
      Jk, now I do. Maybe I’ll make it just for leftovers! Pinned!

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