3 Ham Leftover Recipes That Can Be Made In The Slow Cooker – How To Cook In Pain
3 Ham Leftover Recipes That Can Be Made In The Slow Cooker | How To Cook In Pain – One of the best things about cooking up a holiday ham is the leftovers. There are the obvious leftover meals like ham sandwiches or ham and eggs for breakfast the next day, but it doesn’t stop there. Since you already have your slow cooker out for cooking the ham in the first place (full article here), let’s talk about some yummy ways to cook up delicious dinners for the next few days. Or freeze the ham slices and use them to cook up these leftover ham slow cooker recipes on a high pain day.
Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Casserole
This makes a fantastic easy dinner and is a great way to use leftover slices of holiday ham. The recipe calls for 6 thick slices, but use up whatever you have left.
- 6 thick slices of ham
- 8 potatoes
- 1 small onion
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
Scrub and slice your potatoes. Slice the onion. Set both aside and get out your slow cooker. Put 3 of the slices of the ham in the slow cooker, followed by 4 of the sliced potatoes, a half of the onion, and a cup of cheese. Repeat another layer. Pour the undiluted soup over everything and cook on low for 7 hours.
Split Pea And Bean Soup
The key to good, old-fashioned split pea soup is to cook it slow and to cook it with ham. This is a great recipe for all those little bits and pieces of leftover ham from the holidays.
- 2 (12oz) packages dry split peas, rinsed and sorted
- 1 pound cooked ham, diced
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and finely diced
- 1 onion, finely diced
- salt and pepper to taste
Pour everything into your slow cooker and cover with water. Cook on low for six to eight hours, stirring occasionally. Add more water as needed to get the consistency you like for your soup. Season with more salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Ham And Beans In The Slow Cooker
Let’s wrap this up with another frugal family favorite – ham and beans. The ham bone in this recipe is optional but adds lots of flavor. And don’t worry too much about the amount of ham to add. If all you have left over is ½ a cup or just a few bits and piece, add those.
You can make this recipe with any type of dried beans. Both pinto and northern beans work very well. If you don’t have a ham bone to add, consider throwing a bouillon cube in for added flavor.
- 16 oz. dried beans
- 1 cup leftover ham
- 1 ham bone (optional)
- 2 tbsp. dried onion (or ¼ cup fresh onion)
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
Sort and rinse your beans. Put everything into the slow cooker and add enough water so the level is an inch or two above the beans.
Cook the beans on high for two hours, then switch your slow cooker to low and cook an additional four hours or until your beans are tender and ready to eat. Remove the bone before serving. These beans are great with a homemade cornbread on the side.