One Ham, Many Uses

Posted on January 29th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

My husband is obsessed with ham lately. I am not a big fan, but I am a big fan of how many meals I get out of one ham! The one we got was HUGE so it will go far. Here is what I have so far.

1. Ham with macaroni and cheese. It doesn’t get much more basic than this, but the first day I just make a regular ham. But I put mine in the crockpot so it’s less work for me.

2. Split pea soup. Is there honestly a better thing to do with a hambone? I think not. It’s super easy to make and again, I just throw it all in the crock pot and forget it until it’s time to eat. HERE is the recipe I use.

3. Potato soup. THIS recipe will change your life. It’s the BEST potato soup of all time. This one doesn’t call for meat, but I throw in ham or bacon and it’s wonderful. It also is in the crockpot which makes it easy on me. Are you seeing a theme here?

4. Ham and cheese omelets. These are great to use your leftovers for breakfast. We don’t eat a lot of meat for breakfast so this is a great way to mix it up. You can also try a breakfast casserole too!

5. Sandwiches! If you happen to have any leftovers, just make sandwiches. I really think this may be my husband’s true reason for wanting ham. And honestly it doesn’t get much easier.

What do you do with your leftover ham?

Easter Leftovers Made Into Split Pea Soup

Posted on April 9th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Easter has to be one of my favorite holidays for leftovers. We had an amazing ham yesterday with a ton of family and there were two huge ham bones leftover that I asked to take. There’s a great thrifty tip, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for leftovers! I will be able to use these two ham bones to make enough split pea soup for several meals as well as some for the freezer for later.

Do you have a ham bone from your Easter ham? Here’s the recipe I use. You can use this for the stove top too, but I love to throw everything into a crock pot and let it simmer all day.

What you need:

  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 qts. hot water

What to do:

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given; pour in water. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone. Remove bones and bay leaf.

What’s your favorite Easter leftover recipe?


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