Ham Challenge Round 2: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner using Leftover Ham

by Marcy on March 22, 2010 · 9 comments

Yesterday I shared information with you about a challenge that I accepted recently – to see how many meals I could get out of 1 – 8 lb. spiral sliced ham. After eating slices of ham for dinner (approximately 1.5 lbs total), I had 7 cups of diced ham leftover to use in future meals.

I did a little bit of digging around and decided to use my leftover ham for the following dishes (not all in one day!):

  • Breakfast: Ham & Cheese Crescents
  • Lunch: Ham Pizza Snacks
  • Dinner: Ham & Rigatoni Casserole

Unlike other meats, I find that it is easier for me to incorporate ham in any meal of the day versus just lunch or dinner and I thought these dishes would illustrate that.

Sunday morning I decided to wing it and make up my own version of Ham & Cheese Crescents. I had everything that I needed on hand – Crescents that I found on sale at Kroger for $1, along with Kroger Cheese (also purchased at $1) and French’s Honey Mustard that I purchased for less than $0.20 after coupon. In total my ingredients cost me approximately $5:

All that I did to assemble these was to unroll the crescents, spread a little honey mustard on them and top with cheese and ham. I then rolled them and baked according to the crescent package instructions.

We ate these along with fruit smoothies…yum! I also found the crescents to be good cold the next day – an added bonus! I should also note that I didn’t use the full 2 cups of ham for these crescents, so I threw what was left into 3 scrambled eggs for my daughter.

I had planned on making Ham Pizza Snacks for lunch one day during the week, however we needed a quick dinner one night so I decided to make these. Here is the recipe that I used:


1 package of refrigerated biscuit dough (I used 8 ct Pillsbury)
Nonstick Cooking Spray
1/4 cup Pizza Sauce
2/3 cup Diced Ham (I used 1 cup)
2/3 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I used an Italian Blend)


Spray Cookie Sheet with Nonstick Spray. Separate biscuits and flatten on to cookie sheet, leaving space so edges do not touch. Spread 1 tsp of pizza sauce on to each biscuit. Top each biscuit with 1 TBSP of diced ham and 1 TBSP of shredded cheese (I eyeballed it). Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Here is a picture of the finished product:

These were a hit with all of us! We typically order pizza once a week (half ham, half pepperoni) and making these would be a great substitute every once and awhile. These would also make a fun party food for kids. I would guesstimate my total cost for these to be around $5 total for 8 mini pizzas.

The final meal that I decided to prepare with our ham leftovers was a Ham & Rigatoni Casserole. I have never used leftover ham in a casserole before, so I was excited to try this one out. Here is the recipe that I used with a few of my own modifications:


2 cups of Diced Ham
8 oz Dry Rigatoni Pasta
1 packet of McCormick Country Gravy Mix
2 cups shredded Swiss Cheese
1 TBSP Dijon Mustard
10 oz Frozen Leaf Spinach, thawed and chopped
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional – I didn’t use)


Cook rigatoni according to package directions; set aside. Prepare country gravy mix according to package directions. Stir in ham, cheese, spinach and hot pepper sauce (if using). Pour over pasta and toss gently to blend. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish and cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Serves 4.

I didn’t snap any pictures of this meal, but will say that we enjoyed this one as well. One change that I will make next time is to cut the spinach in half – we aren’t big spinach eaters and I would like for it to be more of a background flavor. Because we are a small family, we had leftovers of this as well. Because so many of the casserole recipes I use call for chicken, I thought the use of ham in this one was a nice change.

I did end up with one 2 cup bag of diced ham left, which I threw in the freezer for future use. I am hoping to try one of these recipes soon:

Stay tuned tomorrow as I wrap things up. I also have a giveaway up my sleeve that you won’t want to miss! I would also love for you to share some of your favorite ham recipes – so be sure to dig those up if you would like to share.

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1 Jenni March 22, 2010 at 9:29 PM

That is pretty awesome! My family loves those cute little “doughboy” meals! We use Pillsbury for alot of different things so I will definately use these recipes. I actually have ham in the fridge…yay! I bought the ham to put in pinto beans but always have some leftover so I’m excited!

Thanks for sharing :-)
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2 Annie March 23, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Those recipes look great and easy! I would have totally thrown some chopped pineapple on those little pizzas as I l♥ve Hawaiian pizza!
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3 vanessa March 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

I love your ideas. I find ham so versatile. We like to make Betty Crocker boxed scalloped potatoes and then add ham to it. I usually get the potatoes between $0.10 – $0.40 a box with coupons. Then at WalMart I will pick up a Special Select Farmland Ham, with my $1 off coupon, it makes it $1.88. So I have dinner for around $3 with all the ingredients, and some biscuits/rolls (pillsbury products are a MM at my grocer a lot). It’s really good on a cold day when you want something filling.
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4 susan March 23, 2010 at 7:50 PM

I like to add ham to cheesey hashbrown casserole to make it a main course.

5 Jennifer March 23, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Yum! All those recipes sound delicious. I love ham and looking forward to having Easter leftovers.

6 Rhonda Walker March 23, 2010 at 10:28 PM

We love Ham Hash. diced onions and celery sauteed in butter . the add 2 cups of mushroom soup with leftover ham cook about 10 minutes.. serve over toast or bread.. P.S. love you on facebook..

7 Heather Burger March 24, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I always try to use left over ham in egg casseroles. I use the crescent rolls as the bread in it. It’s so nice to make the casserole the night before as a breakfast. Or I’ve made mine in the AM and then popped it in the oven for dinner. But my kids fav is the potato and ham casserole (with the shredded frozen potato’s) a huge hit.

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