A round up of more than 15 Leftover Ham Recipes. Everything from chicken cordon bleu to a croque madame. Enjoy a variety of meals to help you reinvent your holiday ham!

A collage of 6 leftover ham recipes.

Leftovers after big family holidays are always a must for me. The bonus about making such a huge meal is to use the leftovers! Don’t worry, you won’t feel like you are eating the same thing for days. I have plenty of recipes for you to reinvent your leftover ham in creative new meals.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken cordon bleu cut in half, on a plate with peas and sauce.
5 from 968 votes

Chicken Cordon Bleu

My favorite Chicken Cordon Bleu includes rolled up layers of ham and Swiss cheese with a crunchy coating, topped with a simple sauce.
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Everyone’s favorite meal with an easier method for getting the chicken breast thin- no more pounding. Perfect for entertaining or a nice dinner at home without all the fuss! I love it served with mashed potatoes and french green beans!

Monte Cristo Sandwich

A homemade Monte Cristo Sandwich cut in half and stacked on a plate.
5 from 12 votes

Monte Cristo Sandwich

A delicious Monte Cristo Sandwich recipe with ham, turkey and cheese, battered, pan fried and served with powdered sugar and raspberry jam.
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Serve it for lunch or dinner, this quick Monte Cristo sandwich is served in just 20 minutes!

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

A spatula lifting a baked ham and cheese slider out of a white baking dish filled with sliders.
5 from 62 votes

Baked Ham and Swiss Sliders

These crowd-pleasing Ham and Cheese Sliders start with deli ham and sliced cheese layered in soft Hawaiian rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon sauce.
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These are the easiest little sandwiches to make for a weeknight meal with some potato salad or baked beans for a fun Saturday or Sunday lunch!

Charro Beans

Charro beans served in a bowl with tortillas on the side.
5 from 163 votes

Charro Beans

These amazing Mexican Charro Beans are made with pinto beans simmering in a boldly flavored broth with bacon, ham, chorizo, chili peppers, tomatoes and spices.
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This recipe is so easy to adapt to what you have on hand, and you will LOVE the bold flavors!

Croque Monsieur

Croque monsieur sandwich cut in half and served on a plate.
5 from 370 votes

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur is a delicious French ham and cheese sandwich, made with gruyere, parmesan, ham and a simple béchamel sauce, toasted in the oven.
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This sandwich is inspired by the trips I’ve taken to Paris, and it satisfies my craving every time!

Stromboli

An easy Stromboli recipe, sliced to show the layers inside.
5 from 18 votes

Stromboli

This easy Stromboli recipe has layers of ham, mozzarella, pepperoni, provolone, and salami, It's cheesy, flavorful, and always a crowd pleaser!
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Stromboli is such a fun and easy recipe the whole family enjoys helping with! I love to serve it with a big green salad.

Empanadas

Baked empanadas with the one in the center torn in half.
5 from 134 votes

Argentine Empanadas

This authentic Argentine Empanadas recipe is so approachable, anyone can make them! The filling ingredients include ground beef, onion, spices, green olives and hard boiled eggs in an easy homemade empanada dough. 
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Use up your ham in a fun flavor twist and make ham and cheese empanadas!

Slow Cooker Leftover Ham Bone Soup

A bowl filled with Ham Bone soup including ham bone broth, veggies, beans and ham.
4.99 from 132 votes

Ham Bone Soup

This leftover Ham Bone Soup is our family's favorite, loaded with vegetables and beans in the most flavorful broth.
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Use your leftover ham bone to make a delicious and healthy soup. So warm and comforting, it will be your favorite after holiday meal!

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Two halves of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich stacked on top of each other.
5 from 23 votes

Grilled Ham and Cheese

The ultimate Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches served with a simple homemade Honey Mustard Sauce.
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A classic grilled ham and cheese sandwich is such an easy leftover ham recipe, with a simple honey mustard sauce the whole family will drool over!

Croque Madame

An easy Croque Madame sandwich on a plate topped with an egg.
5 from 14 votes

Croque Madame

Simple and elegant Croque Madame recipe made with ham, gruyere, parmesan cheese, a layer of béchamel sauce, and topped with a fried egg. It's the most sophisticated ham and cheese sandwich around.
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An elevated ham and cheese sandwich that you will love! It’s elegant, classy, and uses such a delicious and creamy bechamel sauce.

Calzones

Three homemade Calzones on a piece of parchment paper, with the middle one cut in half showing the cheese pulling apart.
4.97 from 79 votes

Calzones

This easy homemade Calzones recipe includes pizza dough stuffed with your favorite pizza toppings, making a fun customizable dinner that everyone loves. Calzones can be made in advance or frozen for an easy freezer meal.
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Chop up your ham and any other veggies you have in your fridge and use them in delicious calzones! Make a bunch and freeze them for another day.

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Two egg, ham and cheese breakfast sandwiches made on English muffins, stacked on top of each other.
4.97 from 565 votes

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches made with baked eggs and topped with cheese, sausage, bacon, or ham on an English muffin. These make-ahead breakfast sandwiches are easy and delicious.
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Stress-free mornings are made possible with these delicious freezer breakfast sandwiches. Totally customizable and can be made healthier. The directions are in the post for healthier options and ideas.

Cuban Sandwich

A traditional Cuban Sandwich sliced in half and placed on top of another sandwich, made with ciabatta rolls.
5 from 40 votes

Cuban Sandwich (Cubano)

The best Cuban Sandwich recipe is made with tender mojo roasted pork, ham, cheese, and pickles. It will have your mouth watering before it's even assembled!
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This sandwich will absolutely re-invent your ham leftovers. The combination of the ham and the tender pork is absolutely delicious and will have everyone wanting seconds!

Borracho Beans

Borracho Beans served in a bowl.
4.99 from 54 votes

Borracho Beans

These Borracho beans ("Drunken" beans) are simmered in dark bear to create a bold and flavorful broth with pinto beans, bacon, chilis and spices.
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Serve as a meal with warm tortillas, or as a side dish. It’s flavorful and comforting, especially on a chilly day.

Ham Fried Rice

Ham fried rice with peas, carrots and ham, served on a white plate.
4.98 from 113 votes

Ham Fried Rice

Easy Ham Fried Rice made with leftover rice and thrown together in less than 20 minutes! 
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Our family’s favorite way to use leftover ham! It’s completely delicious and my whole family–picky eaters included–always ask for seconds.

Potatoes Au Gratin

Baked Potatoes Au Gratin, with some of it being lifted with a spoon.
4.97 from 265 votes

Potatoes Au Gratin

Homemade Potatoes Au Gratin includes layers of thinly sliced potatoes baked in a creamy cheese sauce. It's luxurious, but easy to make, and a French classic.
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Take these potatoes to the next level by adding 1 ½ cups of chopped ham on top of the potatoes before you pour on the cheese sauce.

Macaroni Salad

A serving bowl with macaroni salad in it and a wooden spoon on the side.
4.94 from 32 votes

Macaroni Salad

This easy, classic Macaroni Salad recipe has favorite add-ins like celery, onion, bell pepper and shredded carrot, tossed in a creamy mayo-based dressing.
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Make this classic crowd pleasing salad a little heartier by adding some chopped ham.

Savory Crepes

Three French crepes with whipped cream and berries on top, ready to enjoy.
4.97 from 51 votes

How to Make Crepes

Our favorite homemade Crepes are easy to make with basic ingredients and no special equipment. Fill them with sweet or savory fillings and they're everyone's favorite.
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Use up your leftover ham by making a batch of savory crepes and filling it with ham, cheese, and any of your favorite veggies.

Italian Pasta Salad

Homemade Italian Pasta Salad in a large glass bowl, ready to serve.
4.98 from 386 votes

Italian Pasta Salad

The BEST Italian Pasta Salad recipe is easy to make, loaded with all the good stuff, and tossed in zesty homemade dressing. It will be the star of your potluck!
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This salad is so flavorful and perfect for meal prepping for the week. Add in some chopped ham to add another delicious element.

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I originally shared this post April 2014. Updated December 2023.

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  1. This is the perfect time of year to post this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Pinning and sharing this!