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Leftover Ham?

In most families, there is a lot more leftover Easter ham than anyone can figure out what to do with, and cooked, sliced ham does not freeze well. Because ham is salty and sweet, it’s tough to add it to traditional dishes without everything tasting like ham. The following are three leftover ham dishes than transform much of your Easter dinner into brand new meals that everyone will love.

The first is a Southern Style Ham Salad that is delicious for a brown bag lunch. If you have any rolls leftover from dinner, use them for mini ham sandwiches. The second dish is Ham Alfredo that is easy to prepare using a jar of Alfredo sauce. And the third is a recipe for Turkey Cuban Sandwiches, hearty, hot pressed sandwiches on Cuban bread. And what to do with that ham bone? You can make split pea soup or bean soup, but since you’re probably tired of ham, put that bone in the freezer and take it out on a rainy day when a pot of soup is just what you’re craving!

Southern Style Ham Salad


2 cups finely chopped ham

1 /2 cup finely chopped celery

¼ cup finely minced onion

¼ cup sweet relish

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

¼ to 1/3 cup mayonnaise


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well, adding more mayonnaise as desired.


Ham Alfredo


½ lb. cooked and drained spaghetti

1 jar Alfredo sauce

2 cups chopped ham

1 small can chopped pimentos, drained

Shredded Italian cheese blend


Place first four ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Put into a greased casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese blend as desired. Bake at 350 degrees until hot and cheese is melted.


Turkey Cuban Sandwiches


Cuban bread, cut into four pieces and sliced horizontally

Sliced ham

Sliced turkey

Sliced Swiss cheese

Dill pickle chips

Yellow mustard



For each sandwich, slather inside of bread with mustard. Then layer as follows: cheese, ham, pickles, turkey, and cheese. Place bread on top. Butter the sandwiches well and hot press until golden brown and cheese is melted.