Delicious Uses for Leftover Ham and Turkey

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Delicious Uses for Leftover Ham and Turkey

Often the best part of the holidays is the amazing spread of food! Delicious hams, turkeys, prime rib, various side dishes that are only made on special occasions. Once the holiday has passed, we’re left wondering.. what should I make with this now?
Here are a few of our tried and true favorite meal ideas using leftover turkey and ham. While sandwiches are always a good standby, they also get boring pretty quick!



Ham is very forgiving, it can be used to transform a scalloped potato side dish into the main event just by adding a couple of cups of sliced ham strips (or diced ham pieces).

Fritters are another very inexpensive main meal that can transform otherwise boring bits of ham into a savory dinner. This corn fritter with ham recipe is wonderful for using up the very last bits of a holiday ham and if you’d like, add up to 1/4 cup of drained chopped pineapple for an added treat.


Another long-time favorite that requires very few ingredients is Ham and Broccoli Mac-n-Cheese casserole. It can be made in the oven or instant pot with very little effort and is perfect for the busy weeknights that tend to follow the holidays.

Ham and Cheese Empanadas are a delectable in-hand meal that you can take with you to work or school, they’re delicious hot or cold. If you prefer a made ahead ham salad for wraps or sandwiches, this tangy ham salad recipe is just right.

If you have a large ham steak or ham slices left, you’ll love this Dijon Ham and Cheese Spinach puff.

Smaller bits of ham can be used in Dijon-Swiss Ham Rolls.


A slow-cooker favorite for all ages is this tasty crockpot ham, green beans and potatoes dish.


Turkey sandwiches are a given following the holidays, but one can only eat so many of those before they’re completely sick of turkey altogether!

Immediately following the holidays our friends throw an awesome chili cook-off party! White Chili transforms leftover turkey into a fragrant tasty dish that freezes well and is the perfect dish to share with friends.

Slice some fresh onions, bell peppers and carrots into slices and create a quick and easy Oriental stir-fry!

Homemade turkey pot pies are easy to throw together, or make fresh hot biscuits and top with pot pie filling.


If you like recipes with a kick, you’ll enjoy this Cajun Turkey Jambalaya or for an Italian twist, try this Tomato Basil turkey casserole.

Once that turkey has been picked clean, don’t toss out the carcass! Add a few seasonings and veggies and simmer it to make an amazing flavorful turkey stock that’s perfect for hearty soups and stews later on in the year. Turkey stock freezes well!

Here are 12 More Savory Turkey leftovers recipes you’ll want to try!

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