11 Leftover Ham Recipes to Use Up All That Meat

Breathe new life into your Easter or Christmas leftovers with these recipes.

Daniel Gritzer

An Easter or Christmas ham is a thing of beauty, but after eating it for a day or two, we've usually had our fair share. So what to do with the leftovers other than reheat them? We're so glad you asked. Below are some of our favorite leftover ham recipes, from easy scones to loaded omelettes, and even a bowl of chilled ramen.

Easy Ham and Cheese Scones

Vicky Wasik

These scones are the best way to use up leftover ham, and a welcome addition to any brunch.

Western Omelette With Bell Pepper, Onion, Ham, and Cheese

Daniel Gritzer

Thanks to nicely browned onions, bell peppers, ham, and a pinch of smoked paprika, this omelette truly tastes like it came straight from a diner.

Cuban Sandwiches

Cuban sandwiches
Serious Eats / Diana Chistruga

A Cuban sandwich is not much more than a gussied-up ham and cheese toastie. Here, three meats are pressed with cheese, pickles, and mustard until toasty and warm.

Diner-Style Ham and Cheese Omelette for Two

Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Serious Eats Video

Our basic technique for diner-style omelettes with large, tender, browned curds leaves plenty of space for fillings—including all that leftover ham.

Hasselbacked Croque Monsieur Bagels

Vicky Wasik

Throw custom to the wind and cut your bagel vertically, like a Hasselbacked potato, turning each slit into the perfect receptacle for slices of ham and cheese.

Sheet-Pan Cuban Sandwiches

Morgan Eisenberg

These sheet-pan Cuban sandwiches feature all of the flavors of the classic sandwich, but in an easy-to-make, party-friendly package.

Flipped Frittata With Asparagus, Spinach, Ham, and Cheese

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Compared to a normal finished-in-the-oven frittata, which can take on a poofy, souffléd texture, flipping produces a much creamier, denser omelette.

French Crepes With Ham, Cheese, and Eggs

Photographs: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Serious Eats Video

A sunny-side-up fried egg surrounded by ham and cheese makes an extra-special presentation for classic French crepes.

Cheesy, Gooey Croques Monsieurs

Vicky Wasik

Ham, cheese, rich sauce, and golden-toasted bread make this French classic perfect. Put an egg on it, and you have the equally delicious croque madame.

Classic Breakfast Sandwich


There's nothing like a savory, loaded breakfast sandwich to start off your day.

Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) With Shrimp, Ham, and Vegetables

Shao Z.

One of our favorite chilled meals? Hiyashi chuka, a chilled ramen topped with all sorts of goodies and tossed in a bright, simple dressing.