The halls were decked. The bells were jingled. And even your in-laws had a great day! But now Christmas is behind us, and many people are left with one major question: “What should I do with all this leftover Christmas ham?!”
“Waste not, want not,” is our motto here at Ard’s, so read below for two classic recipes to keep those post-Christmas meals fresh!
Option #1: Ham Pot Pie
What you need:
5lbs ham (preferably with bone-in), water, 3 medium potatoes (cubed), 5 cups all-purpose flour, 5 eggs, 1 cup milk, salt, pepper, chopped parsley
Instructions, courtesy of food.com:
1. Place ham in large pot and cover with water.
2. Boil to make ham broth.
3. Cut ham into cubes and set aside.
4. Place potatoes in broth to cook while you are mixing dough.
5. In large mixing bowl, mix flour, eggs, and milk to form soft dough.
6. You may need to add a little more milk.
7. Roll dough to 1/8″ to 1/4″ thickness (depending on preference).
8. Cut dough into 1″ by 3″ rectangles.
9. Drop dough into broth one piece at a time.
10. Cook until dough is done.
11. Add ham.
12. Salt and pepper to taste.
13. Add parsley for color.
Option #2: Ham Salas
What you need:1 ½ pounds boneless cooked ham (leftover or purchased thick slab, trimmed of fat and diced), 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped, 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion, 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish (optional), ¾ cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon prepared mustard, salt and pepper (to taste), assorted crackers and/or soft rolls
Instructions, courtesy of thecountrycook.net:
1. Put the ham, egg, celery and onion into a blender or food processor (season with a bit of fresh black pepper)
Pulse (short, quick pulses) 20-25 times to mince. Scrape down the sides of the food processor to make sure it all gets combined evenly.
2. Combine remaining ingredients into a separate bowl (sweet pickle relish, mayonnaise and mustard)
3. Then stir in minced ham mixture.
4. Cover and chill. I prefer to chill it for several hours. It definitely gets better as it chills for a while.
5. Serve on rolls (we suggest potato rolls), biscuits or as a spread for crackers!
Photo courtesy of: https://www.thecountrycook.net/the-best-ham-salad/