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Leftover Ham Recipes


Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

1 ham bone (with sm. amt. ham still on)
2 c. Navy beans or mixed beans
8 c. water (3 c. more may be added,
after bone is taken out, then cook some more)
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. honey
1 bay leaf
1 lg. onion, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste

Wash beans. Put everything in crock pot along with ham bone (that has small amount of ham still on). Start cooking at high (I usually start it in the evening) and after it starts cooking, turn to simmer. (I cook it all night and until serving time at noon or even later.) I usually remove the bone in the early morning and add more water. Remove bay leaf before serving.
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Leftover Ham Dllled Salad Recipe

4 c. finely chopped ham
6 boiled eggs, finely chopped
1 c. minced celery
3 tsp. dried dill weed
2 tbsp. finely chopped green onion
1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
3 tsp. vinegar
2 tsp. sugar

Mix mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar together; set aside. Mix all other ingredients together except crackers. Mix both mixtures. It should be moist but not runny. Chill in covered container overnight. To serve: place mounded teaspoon of salad on cracker and garnish as desired.
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Cut cooked potatoes for potato salad quickly with a hard cooked egg slicer.

Cauliflower Ham Au Gratin Recipe

2 (10 oz.) frozen cauliflower
1 1/4 c. chopped fully cooked smoked ham
1 (11 oz.) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/4 c. milk
2/3 c. Bisquick baking mix
2 tbsp. firm margarine or butter
2 tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange cauliflower in ungreased 11x7 x 1 1/2 inch pan; sprinkle ham. Beat soup and milk with beater until smooth; pour over ham. Mix remaining ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle with paprika if desired. Bake until topping is golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
Serves 8.
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Spaghetti and Ham Salad Recipe

1 (8 oz.) pkg. spaghetti (break into lengths)
2 cups chopped ham
1 c. shredded lettuce
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 small sweet pickles, chopped
or 3 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
1/2 c. chopped green peppers
1/2 c. chopped radishes
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped carrots
2/3 c. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. sugar

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain and set aside. Combine chicken, lettuce, Cheddar cheese, sweet pickles, green peppers, radishes, celery and carrots, mixing well. Stir in spaghetti. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper and sugar; stir well. Pour over spaghetti mixture and toss to coat. Chill.

Tip: Shred lettuce last to prevent wilting.
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Leftover Ham Quesadilla Recipe
Makes 1 Serving

2 tbsp. oil
1 (8") flour tortilla shell
1/4 cup. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded or grated
1/8 cup diced onion
1/8 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup chopped ham
1 tablespoon favorite spicy tomato base sauce (spaghetti, pizza or enchilada)
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded or grated

In a fry pan add the oil and spread it around so that the entire pan is covered. Place the tortilla shell in the pan and add the cheese, vegetables and meat. Heat on low until the underside of the tortilla shell is golden. Fold the shell in half and remove to a baking plate. Top with tomato sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and the tortilla shell is brown on edges. Serve with sour cream. Garnish with chopped scallions and chopped peppers.
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Leftover Ham Loaf Recipe
Makes 4 Servings

2 cups ham
24 saltine crackers
1/2 onion (or onion flakes)
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

3 tsp. Vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

Grind ham, saltines and onion. Add eggs and milk. Put in loaf pan. Mix topping and pour over. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Leftover Ham and Veggies in a Biscuit Recipe

1 can of 10 refrigerated biscuits
4 oz. can Veg-All (or any leftover vegetable)
1 tbsp. mustard (depending on amount of meat)
grated cheddar cheese (or sliced cheese cut in fourths)
2 cups ham, cubed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out 5 biscuits on greased cookie sheet to approximately 5 inches round. Mix meat, mustard, vegetable together so that it sticks together. Place 1/5 of the meat mixture on each 5 inch biscuit. Sprinkle tops of meat mounds with cheese. Stretch out remaining 5 biscuits to about 6 inches and lay over the meat mounds to cover the tops. Do not press edges around biscuits together. Bake in oven until biscuit tops are done. They will swell up as they bake and can also be frozen for later after cooling and placed in the microwave for sandwich with meat and vegetable.
Makes 5-6 Servings
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Leftover Ham and Asparagus Casserole Recipe

2 cans asparagus spears
3 tbsp. milk
1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can cream of celery soup
2 cups ham, cubed

Arrange asparagus in shallow casserole. Blend soup with milk, then stir in ham. Pour mixture over asparagus, sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

Note: I like to use frozen asparagus spears rather that canned asparagus. I thaw the asparagus a little and then drain.
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Barbecue Leftover Ham on a Bun Recipe
Makes 4 Servings

2 c. ham, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 cup catsup
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup brown sugar

Mix all ingredients except ham. Simmer 1/2 hour on stove. Add ham and heat through. Spoon over hamburger buns.
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Fried Rice and Ham Recipe
6 servings

4 cups cooked rice
2 eggs, scrambled and chopped
1 cup leftover chopped, cooked ham
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons water

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat the mixture thoroughly. Serve hot.
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Hawaiian Ham and Baked Bean Casserole
Makes 6-8 Servings

1 large can pork and beans
1 small can drained pineapple
1 tablespoon minced onion
2 cups ham, cubed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard

Stir beans, pineapple, onion and mustard together. Cut meat into pieces. Arrange in dish with meat on top and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Hi, just got this tip from a friend. Have not tried it but sounds like it would be worth a try. Sherry

The best way to make hard boiled eggs is in the oven. Put 12 eggs in a muffin pan (to keep them from moving around) turn the oven to 325 degrees and cook for 25-30 minutes. Remove. Not only are they tastier but they
are also much easier to peel.

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Traditions/Other Recipes

As our family has become more health conscious the items on our Easter menu have changed. There are fewer desserts and more fresh vegetable salads and fresh fruit dishes. I am still deciding on whether I will bake a turkey in addition to a ham this year. The menu has to contain deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, fresh baked whole wheat bread and a home made soup, in order to insure that everyone has their favorite dish. I will likely make Italian meatball soup or a vegetable soup. Dessert This year will likely be two pies, strawberry and lemon. Pies are now more popular with our kids, their spouses and grandkids than cakes are. This lemon pie recipe is compliments of Chris and appeared in a 2009 newsletter. It is always a hit.
Robbie IN

Chris’s Lemon Dream Pie Recipe

1 (15 1/2 oz.) can lemon pie filling – larger would be better!
1 (6 oz.) container lemon yogurt
8 oz. cream cheese
1 lg. container cool whip
1 ready made deep dish graham cracker pie crust

Let cream cheese come to room temp. Beat in cool whip (room temp.), pie filling and yogurt till all is blended. Spoon mixture into crust and refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours. You may sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs on top if you wish.
Chris in NM
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OMG Potatoes Recipe

3 pounds potatoes, washed and cubed
4 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Put potatoes in an 8 x 8-inch glass dish. Put butter on top of potatoes and sprinkle bacon bits on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
Take potatoes out of oven and top with ranch dressing and cheese. Stir and put back in oven until cheese is melted.
Bill, Alb
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Au Gratin Potatoes RecipeAu Gratin Potatoes with White Sauce Recipe

For this recipe, you make a white sauce for the filling from the flour and cream. Once the white sauce is made, add the cheese to make a cheese sauce. This makes a creamy casserole. It is important that you use starchy, Russet-type potatoes.

This can be made without the cheese for scalloped potatoes.

This is a basic recipe. Other ingredients may be added as desired though this is a good dish in its basic form. You may add any of the following ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
1 bell pepper, finely diced
1 small can diced green chilies
1/2 pound bacon, crisply cooked and snipped into pieces
1 1/2 cups ham cut into small cubes
Basic recipe

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup cream
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
pinch nutmeg
2 to 2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
7 to 8 cups of sliced potatoes, 1/8-inch thick
1/2 cup grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

Make a white sauce with the milk and flour: Pour the milk into a heavy saucepan. Place the flour in a cup. Add just enough milk to make a paste. Gradually add more milk, stirring to thin the paste into a sauce-like consistency. Stir the flour and milk mixture into the milk with a whisk. Add the cream and heat, stirring with a whisk, until the sauce is thickened and starts to bubble.

Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cheese while still hot and stir in. The cheese should melt and form a medium-thick cheese sauce. Keep the sauce hot while you prepare the potatoes.

Peel and slice the potatoes to 1/8-inch thick. Use a mandolin or other cutting tool so that the potatoes are of uniform thickness.

Place a layer of potatoes in the pan. Pour a portion of the hot cheese sauce over the potato layer. Repeat with additional layers until the potatoes and cheese sauce is used.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over the casserole.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the potatoes are tender but still firm when poked with a fork.
Baking Tip! About Baking Dishes

We baked these casseroles in three different types of dishes: Dark metal, clear glass, and opaque decorative glass. The type of baking dishes affects baking times. A dark metal dish bakes fastest. A clear glass or off-colored baking dish is next. A light colored, opaque glass dish is the slowest.

Baking times seemed to vary about ten minutes from one type of pan to the next.

As important as baking dishes are, the thickness of the casserole has even more impact. A shallow casserole bakes much faster than one that fills the whole pan.
Dennis, the Prepared Pantry
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