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5 Ways to Maximize Easter Leftovers

The eggs have been found, the chocolate devoured, the bellies filled. Easter is over. Now what do you do with all those leftovers? If you’re like me, you’ve got a whole hunk of ham that seems awfully intimidating. How will you eat ALL of that? Well, here are a few quick things I plan to do this week to make the most of my leftovers.
 
    Ham Chowder

    1. Ham Chowder

    There are very few things I look forward to every year like ham chowder. This version features salty ham, a touch of sweetness from the corn and the blessings of the Holy Trinity (onion, carrot, and celery). Last but not least, I like to throw in half of a red bell pepper, very finely chopped.

    Recipe:

    https://www.closetcooking.com/ham-and-potato-corn-chowder/

    Ham and Cheese Sliders

    2. Ham and Cheese Sliders

    This is an easy one and SO yummy. Grab some Hawaiian rolls and layer on a delicious honey mustard & mayo mixture,  Add the leftover ham and cheese of your choice (Cheddar? Colby jack?) and drizzle a secret poppy seed dressing on the top. Put the whole thing in a 9x13 and cover it with foil. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

    Recipe:

    https://ohsweetbasil.com/ham-cheese-sliders/

    Potato Pancakes

    3. Potato Pancakes

    This is something my mom used to make for breakfast whenever we had lots of leftover mashed potatoes. They’re basically hash browns…but better. Add a few ingredients to your taters and form them into small patties. Put a bit of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown the potato patties and then flip.

    Recipe:

    https://natashaskitchen.com/mashed-potato-pancakes-recipe-video/

    Hawaiian Pizza

    4. Hawaiian Pizza

    One of my family’s favorite things is semi-homemade pizza. We think it’s better than going out for one. Take a simple cheese or pepperoni frozen (gasp!) Red Baron pizza and add any yummy toppings that you like. For some reason, it just tastes better to add your own goodies than to buy the pre-made supreme or what have you. Dice up your leftover ham, drain a can of pineapple tidbits, and add anything else your heart desires (olives, onions, green peppers, etc.). I like to top mine with shredded parmesan before baking it according to the package instructions.

    Ham Bone

    5. Freeze that ham bone!

    It’ll be excellent for ham & bean soup later, when you’re no longer on ham overload, so freeze it today before you forget! Leave some morsels on the bone and maybe freeze a couple of cups of your other leftover ham for when you’re ready to add the beans. Chop it up now to save yourself a step later. Future you will be grateful.

    Ham & Bean Soup Recipe:

    https://www.southyourmouth.com/2014/10/ham-and-beans.html?m=1

    How to Freeze a Ham Bone: 

    https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-freeze-a-ham-bone-1389370

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