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Old 12-23-2004, 10:04 AM   #1
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what to do with Ham?

I have a ton of ham leftover and it was a little on the salty side...any ideas on what I can do with it - aside from a bean and potato mix. I thought of quiche, but it doesn't appeal. I am hoping for some ideas here, thanks

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Old 12-23-2004, 10:24 AM   #2
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I had some salty ham leftover the other day, and made a scalloped potato/ham-type casserole. Into the roux, I mixed havarti cheese. It was pretty good.
The other ham leftover dish I make is my mom's ham & lima bean soup. It is made with brown sugar, so I love it, but the husband & kids don't. I eat it with a good slab of pumpernickel bread & butter.
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:36 AM   #3
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My standard leftover parade is noodles/rice/soup/sandwich. I like salty ham so it's not a problem for me and I haven't done this, but have you ever tried soaking it in water? Milk might be a possibility also.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...=ham+too+salty

jkath, is there anything you don't put cheese in? If you ever cut back on cheese, countless cows will have to go on unemployment.
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Old 12-23-2004, 11:42 AM   #4
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You can brown some ham and onion in a little butter. Then mix with a little water(1/2 cup) and cream of mushroom soup and add it to the mix. Add cheddar and a little sherry(1T.). Cook until cheese just melts and add to spaghetti.

You can slice the ham and put it on a bisquit with eggs, cheese, ext. for a quick breakfast.

Cook some pasta. Melt 1 t. margarine and add some onion. Then add mushrooms and ham. Cook. Add 2 T. flour and stir well. Gradually add 1/2 cup evaporated mild and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and add peas. Sauce will thicken a little. serve over pasta and add a little romano.

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Throw some into baked potato soup

Put some on a homemade pizza
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Old 12-23-2004, 11:47 AM   #5
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I use mine up as a topping for this recipe.

Sam's Brandied Chicken

1 egg beaten
1/4 cup milk
4 boneless chicken breasts, halved and pounded flat
2 cups fine bread crumbs
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp seasoned pepper
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
3 - 4 cloves smashed garlic
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp olive oil
3 - 4 slices diced ham
1 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 to 1/2 cup brandy
2 tbsp liquid beef OXO
1 cup whipping cream


Mix breadcrumbs with seasonings. Mix egg and milk. Dip cutlets in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs. Saute some garlic in some of the butter and olive oil. Toss the garlic and saute the cutlets until golden brown. Turn off the heat under the cutlets. Pour brandy over chicken and ignite it. (This is where you need to be FAR from your cabinets!) After flames die down, remove the cutlets and place them in a casserole dish. Pour the OXO and cream into the frying pan and reduce the sauce a bit. (Feel free to add more OXO or cream to make the amount of sauce you want.) Pour over the chicken. Toss some butter, olive oil, garlic, the ham, and your mushrooms into your frying pan and saute a bit. Toss this on top of the chicken and bake in the oven for about 1/2 hour to an hour. Serve with pasta. Deeeeelicious.

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Old 12-23-2004, 12:26 PM   #6
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what about a pea soup? if it has a bone, cut away most of the meat, use the bone as the base for the soup, and slice the leftover meat into chunks and add to the soup near the end.
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Old 12-23-2004, 12:36 PM   #7
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Assume you are talking about a cured, not fresh, ham here.

Try cooking some onions with oil in a frying pan until they are well caramelized.

Remove the onions.

Cook the ham until there is a brown crust on it.

Remove the ham.

Deglaze with Coke (or Pepsi, or another cola) and reduce. Do not use diet stuff here.

Add back the ham and onions until warm.

Serve with fried eggs and hash browns.

Unless the ham was very salty, I don't think the final dish will be.

Hope this helps.
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I make ham salad with my leftovers.

Grind some celery and onion about 1/4 cup each (I use more celery than onion) and pickle relish (about 1/2 cup) in a food processor. To this add your chopped up ham (about 2 1/2 pounds) and hard boiled eggs - I always use 2. Just grind away - a fine texture really works well.

Mix together about 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo with about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Catalina Salad Dressing, a couple tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and fresh lemon juice (this will help reduce the saltiness of the ham but it also adds a nice flavor). Mix all together in a bowl or your processor. Adjust mayo, Catalina, pickle relish, celery, or onion and adjust. If it's a little too salty just add more plain mayo and lemon juice.
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Old 12-23-2004, 02:48 PM   #9
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Many thanks to all - these ideas are great and I made some notes. I do have the bone waiting for soup. Its in the freezer until after the new year.

I was really stuck in the traditional bean or pea soup.

Now with our storm coming in and terrible riving weather, I will have plenty to keep me busy
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I make ham salad with my leftovers.

Grind some celery and onion about 1/4 cup each (I use more celery than onion) and pickle relish (about 1/2 cup) in a food processor. To this add your chopped up ham (about 2 1/2 pounds) and hard boiled eggs - I always use 2. Just grind away - a fine texture really works well.

Mix together about 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo with about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Catalina Salad Dressing, a couple tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and fresh lemon juice (this will help reduce the saltiness of the ham but it also adds a nice flavor). Mix all together in a bowl or your processor. Adjust mayo, Catalina, pickle relish, celery, or onion and adjust. If it's a little too salty just add more plain mayo and lemon juice.
That sounds very good.
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