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Got Ham?

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For the folks who celebrate Easter Sunday, the Monday after usually finds them with a stuffed fridge, often with an entire shelf devoted to housing what’s left of an enormous Easter ham.

Easter Ham. Easter eggs. Ham and eggs seem to always make a joint appearance, don’t they?

Now, you can always take a cue from Lauren and use both leftover eggs and leftover ham to make these amazing-looking Ham and Cheese Melt Deviled Eggs.

Smart, eh?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Ham and Cheese Deviled Eggs from TK member Lauren of Lauren's Latest

If you’re like me, you’ll be adding ham sandwiches, split pea soup, and Denver omelets to your week’s menu. Wait, let me back up a little bit. That would be me, pre-Tasty Kitchen. But now? Well, let’s just say my choices have grown considerably, thanks to everyone here.

Let’s start with sandwiches. While I still love a good ham sandwich (or a club sandwich if I’m ravenous), I keep getting drawn to these sandwich (and spiral roll) ideas that feature ham. And I also somehow can’t stop thinking about slathering onion butter on everything.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Leftover Ham (Sandwiches)

Croque Madame from Dax Phillips of Simple Comfort Food Gaullois Sandwich from Jenna of Eat Live Run Ham and Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Spiral Rolls from Melanie of Mel's Kitchen Cafe Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Onion Butter from Patricia at ButterYum

And soups? I could live on soups. I’ve been known to have a bowl of rice with spicy soup for breakfast, then go on to have the same thing for lunch and dinner. These soups, on the other hand, don’t even need a bowl of rice. They’re hearty and filling and really get a nice boost of flavor from the ham.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Leftover Ham (Soups)

5-Star Ham and Potato Soup from Patricia at ButterYum Ham and Cheddar Chowder from newenglandgardener Creamy Ham and Rice Soup from Cheri at Kitchen Simplicity Chipotle Ham & Bean Soup from Sweet Anna's

Speaking of rice, take a look at these beauties.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Leftover Ham (Rice Dishes)

Veggie, Ham & Cheese Rice Bake from Lauren's Latest Garlic Fried Rice from Vince of Cooking Ventures Hawaiian Fried Rice from DeltaWhiskey

If you want something completely different that will make everyone wish for leftover ham more often, how about pizza or breakfast enchiladas? That might be what it takes to give up my rice-and-soup breakfast.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Leftover Ham (Other Dishes)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza from Heather Disarro of Heather's Dish Aparagus, Ham, and Cheese Frittata from Courtney of NeighborFood Ham Balls with Pineapple and Chipotle Drizzle  from Dax Phillips at Simple Comfort Food Breakfast Enchiladas from Shelbi Keith of Look Who's Cookin' Now

And those are just a few of the recipes I found to help you free up that refrigerator shelf. So you can make room for cake! Because I like to always be ready to receive a cake if one should so happen to mysteriously appear in my kitchen. (I’m still waiting, but I’m ready!)

How about you? Got any favorite ways to use up your leftover ham (or roast or lamb or turkey)? Let us know! And tell us how your weekend was, too!


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Sandra :) on 4.1.2013

WOW every one of those recipes looks delicious, and it just so happens that I have leftover ham from Easter dinner — those rice dishes look particularly yummy, as do the hot ham and cheese sandwiches – insert drooling here :D