Yes, we all look forward to that divine glazed ham on the Christmas table and then eagerly tuck into many slices for days after. But you are then faced with the dilemma of what else can you do with it!
But first I hope you have cared for the ham? This means always keeping it well wrapped and moist. Ham bags are now even sold at the supermarket! But really am old pillow case will do. The steps are easy: Rinse well in a white vinegar and cold water solution and light wring out. Place the ham inside the moist cloth and tie up with string or even simply tuck the open end underneath. Be sure to repeat the process every 5 days so the ham bag is clean!!
So as simple as it sounds here are my top 6 recipe ideas for the left over ham:
Toss big chunks of potato, sweet potato and red capsicum is hot garlic oil and cook until golden and just tender. Whisk in your stand mixer (with the whisk attachment), about 6 eggs with a good dash of cream or milk and season well with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and throw in some chopped fresh parsley and spring onions. Shred plenty of the ham and toss it all the ingredients together.
Pour the mixture into a greased deep frying pan or greased deep removable base cake pan. Top with grated cheese, if desired, and bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes or until firm.
Ham & potato salad
Cook large chunks of your favourite waxy or all-purpose potato in lightly salted water until tender. Drain well and cool.
Combine some natural yoghurt, sour cream, whole egg mayonnaise with salt, freshly ground pepper, fresh chopped basil or coriander and parsley. Combine with lashings of shredded left over ham, roughly chopped hard boiled eggs and some chopped capers, olives or finely diced red onion.
Ham fried rice
In hot oil sauté a little finely chopped garlic and ginger with chilli (optional), add chopped spring onion, thinly sliced celery, capsicum, green beans and a handful of green peas. Remove from the wok/pan. Add a little more oil with the cold cooked rice and toss well until warmed through. Add lashings of the shredded ham and some cold shredded turkey or pork and toss well. Add the set aside vegetables and season with some soy sauce, a little sesame oil and sweet chilli sauce.
Carbonara style pasta
Toss chopped spring onions with finely chopped garlic until just softened. Add cream and a little stock to the pan. Throw in plenty of fresh chopped parsley and lasting shredded ham with some grated cheddar and parmesan. Toss thorough hot pasta – spaghetti/ fettuccine/ penne etc.
Tomato and basil toss
In a large frying pan. Heat olive oil with plenty of chopped garlic, spring onions until softened. Add loads of roughly chopped Roma, cherry or any ripe red tomato, loads shredded ham, basil leaves, fresh grated lemon rind and plenty sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with thick gold toast (bruschetta) or warm, cold if you prefer, pasta.
Take 2 tortilla, spread one with shredded cheese, a combination of mozzarella and cheddar is delicious, top with shredded ham and finely diced tomato.
Top with the second tortilla. Heat a frying pan over a low heat and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place in the pan and cook gently until the underneath is golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Carefully turn over and cook the other side for about 1 minute. Cut into large triangles to serve.
Sneak it into some of these recipes below: ham can be used in place of bacon, salami or added into eggs, omelettes, meat sauces, casseroles, braises, and simmers even stir fries.