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These ham and potato cakes with spring onion and Dijon mustard are made with panko breadcrumbs to give a better crunch. A delicious way to use up leftover Christmas ham and mashed potatoes.
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by Sarah Jo
I actually ran the ham and the green onions together through my food processor to get the fine consistancy that I was looking for. I actually fried these in my cast iron skillet in a mixture of EVOO and butter. I did not try these myself but my husband and kids thought they were MONEY. NO leftovers. I think these would be excellent for breakfast as a substitute for hashbrowns with a side of sunny side up eggs and bacon. This recipe is SUCH a keeper--thumbs up from my family.-08 Apr 2012
oh my goodness, avon! these are DELICIOUS! i made them tonite for a snack. we didn't really have dinner. i had to stop myself after the fourth one, cuz someone else may want some! LOL. i had two cups of mashed taters, so i used them up. i did however forget to add the dill. i have no explanation, so i look at it this way...another layer of flavour to look forward to the next time. there will absolutely be a next time. oh, i opted not to fry and baked them at 375 deg for 45 min. turning them halfway. nice and crisp on the outside. YUM! thanks for sharing with us Avon okay....update. i was very fortunate to have one leftover. i had it for breakfast the next morning with a fried over easy egg draped over top. it was amazing. you have no idea. you must try this!!!!!-07 Apr 2012
I thought these were 'good' but not 5 star. I think I would have liked them better if they had more ham, less potatoes, but I would make them again as a side dish for breakfast with eggs and toast. I had a problem with mine breaking in the frying pan when I turned them. Maybe another egg would help?-19 Apr 2012
One of my 2019 resolutions was to reduce my household food waste. One way I do this is by getting creative with leftovers, that way no one is bored by eating the same thing more than once. This recipe for Cheesy Ham & Potato Cakes is one way to use up both leftover ham and leftover mashed potatoes. A double-win!
Perfect as a side dish or enjoyed on their own, these Cheesy Ham & Potato Cakes are tasty, fluffy and cheesy plus they were a unanimous hit with my whole family the first time I made them which hardly ever happens, lol! Someone typically doesn’t like (or eat due to food allergies).
Raise your hand if a ham is on the menu for you this holiday season!! I am excited to partner up with one of my favorite brands to both work and cook with Hatfield ® for this recipe. Hatfield is a 120+-year-old family-owned business. Before the roads had cars on them, Hatfield was delivering meats to the doors of Pennsylvanians. Today, Hatfield continues to produce quality meats for far more people than just us here in Pennsylvania!
Hatfield Quality Meats commitment to my area, animal stewardship, sustainability, and quality products are one of the reasons I am happy to reach for their ham, bacon, sausage, roasts, and more when grocery shopping at my local ACME Market and the main reason I am proud to partner with them. And I will also say that in my opinion, their dedication to all of the above is how they have not just lasted over a century, but have thrived!
When it comes to the Hatfield line of hams (Classic, Honey and Black Forest) I love that they are American made and ethically raised. They’re always tasty and always fully-cooked which makes them so easy to use. Hatfield makes any meal of the day easy from breakfast through dinner. I am a huge fan of the full Hatfield line of products, lucky for me my ACME has a wide selection of all of the Hatfield pork products. “For a limited time this Holiday season, enjoy $2 off any (1) Hatfield Ham!”
My husband is such a ham guy, he’s crazy for it! If he knows a ham dinner is in his future, he’s like a kid filled with anticipation on Christmas Eve! The rest of us enjoy ham as well, however, we watch our fingers around you-know-who when a ham is on the menu, lol!
This recipe is forgiving and can be varied in a number of ways. I even air fried a few of these cakes just to see if that would work and it did! However, oven baking really is not the way to go, it takes too long and the cakes may end up spreading out too much (it really depends on your mashed potatoes).
You can also load these yummy lil cakes up with additional chopped ham, scallions, crumbled bacon and sour cream if you like. Comfort food nirvana!
This recipe does not work well with instant mashed potatoes because their composition is completely different from homemade mashed potatoes, so I recommend taking the extra time and making real, homemade mashed potatoes which are super easy to make.
Call them cutlets, patties or pancakes these leftover mashed potato ham cakes are incredibly addictive! They are crispy on the outside and soft, cheesy and flavourful inside. If you are not a fan of ham, feel free to switch things up and use chicken, cooked broccoli, or just more cheese. Everything goes!
If you&rsquore planning a holiday meal, chances are you&rsquore going to have leftovers&mdashespecially if that meal includes a big hunk of ham. Whether it&rsquos Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, or Easter brunch, ham is a popular choice as the centerpiece of the table, but it&rsquos not the only dish on the menu. You&rsquoll also have plenty of sides, appetizers, and maybe even a roast or turkey too, so it&rsquos no surprise that there are bound to be leftovers. But whatever you do, don&rsquot let your leftover ham go to waste! A scrumptious, golden-brown, glazed ham is something you should savor for as long as possible, and there are plenty of delicious, easy leftover ham recipes to do just that.
There are so many ways to use leftover ham, some might even say it&rsquos better the next day. Leftovers are a chance to get creative and stretch the holiday out all week long. Even Ree Drummond&rsquos big family feasts wind up with leftovers. &ldquoOne of my favorite things about any holiday&mdashEaster included&mdashis the leftover food,&rdquo she says. Choose from classic ham recipes or a slow cooker ham for your holiday meal, then use the leftovers to make something new and exciting! These best leftover ham recipes range from soups and salads to pizzas and pastas&mdashthere's even a leftover ham taco! Whether you're looking for savory breakfast ideas, weekday lunches, or easy dinner recipes, there&rsquos a fun way to use up all your Easter leftovers.
If your refrigerator is full of extra ham after a big holiday meal, these ideas will help you put it to good use. From pasta salads to pizzas, these recipes taste every bit as good as they look!
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Crushed red pepper and pepperoncini add a little heat to this pasta salad with ham and an easy vinaigrette.
How to improve on ham-and-cheese quiche? Bake it in an uber-crispy hash brown crust for the perfect breakfast dish for a crowd.
Take pizza night to a whole new level with Molly&rsquos fun twist on the classic meat and potatoes. Slice leftover ham into thick pieces, then sprinkle it on a no-knead pizza dough with spinach, potatoes and mozzarella.
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You can never go wrong with a ham-and-cheese combo, especially when it&rsquos transformed into a gooey baked dip. Salty ham makes a wonderful addition to Trisha&rsquos cheesy appetizer, which is made even better by adding crunchy chopped pecans on top.
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Don't know what to do with all that leftover ham from Easter? Try this fast and easy ham salad with tangy mustard and crunchy celery. Enjoy it in a sandwich or just on its own.
You'll find all the fixings of a western omelet &mdash egg, ham, peppers, onions and cheese &mdash in this made-for-breakfast salad. But what an omelet doesn't give you is this salad's hefty 6 grams of fiber!
Upgrade a simple spaghetti dinner with chunks of leftover ham and creamy brie.
This is the best Hammy Down that you will ever receive! Thick caraway-flavored bread adds a warmth and heartiness to this sandwich, apple jelly adds sweetness, and toasted pecans a bit of texture.
Grandma knew how to make a hearty meal out of leftover bits of bread and cheese. This recipe is meant for riffing, so use any type of cheese, leafy greens, meat or bread you happen to have on hand.
The prettiest way to serve pasta? Twirl it into a nest and top with diced ham and extra Parmesan cheese.
This elegant appetizer comes together easily with simple, time-saving ingredients. Frozen hash browns are pressed into mini muffin tins and baked into crispy nests filled with ham, lemony cream cheese and peas. Serve them at your Easter dinner or spring cocktail party.
Ellie combines land and sea with this healthy and hearty jambalaya. If you like it spicy, try adding a bit of hot pepper sauce to your dish at the end.
The combination of ham and hardy greens is always unbeleivably delicious. Make this satisfying casserole as-is or easily adapt it to whatever ingredients you have on hand.
Thanks to Trisha&rsquos recipe, it&rsquos easier than ever to get creative with leftover ham. She incorporates chopped ham into a buttermilk biscuit dough, then tops each biscuit with a scallion-pimento cheese.
A one-pan meal covered in golden, bubbly cheese? Yes please! Potato gnocchi, ham and peas are coated in a creamy sauce infused with thyme. Sprinkle with shredded Swiss or Gruyere and broil until it's all lovely and melted.
With leftover ham and a frozen hash brown crust, Trisha&rsquos quiche is both easy and delicious. Have leftover veggies? Feel free to throw those in, too!
"The mac and cheese is for the kids." Who are we kidding when we make that statement? Giada knows that we adults like mac and cheese, too. The bits of ham and melted mozzarella elevate this classic pasta dish.
Ham and honey complement each other beautifully, so it's no wonder Chef Amanda Freitag has created this enticing biscuit sandwich with thinly sliced ham. The lightly-sweetened biscuits are made using &mdash you guessed it &mdash honey.
Slicing the potatoes for Ree's scalloped potato recipe is totally worth the effort. For best results, slice the potatoes thinly &mdash and add lots (and lots) of cheese!
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Dice up some leftover ham, and sprinkle it into this cheesey bake. It's a great way to use up leftover ingredients (like roasted vegetables) from your holiday gathering.
Toasting the panko breadcrumbs in a bit of butter creates the most perfectly golden crust on this decadent potato dish.
This colorful, extra-cheesy breakfast casserole can be made ahead and baked the next day &mdash perfect for brunch with a large crowd.
Make a few extra waffles on the weekend, and turn the leftovers into this kid-friendly sandwich. (Okay, so maybe it's an adult favorite, too!)
We&rsquove routinely been making these Cheddar Ham Potato cakes for a while now, after a baked ham dinner. Since our recent Turkey Bacon Potato Cakes was such a success, I decided to share this similar simple idea as well.
Leftover Turkey and Potato Cakes
I used to make them with grated cheddar in the potato mix but now I like finely diced cheddar for tiny pockets of melted cheese inside.
They couldn&rsquot be simpler to put together and the idea can be quite versatile. You can have them for lunch or dinner, possibly with a side salad to complete the meal. Fro breakfast, I often have them with fried eggs on top.
I&rsquove recently thought of using them as the base for a a new Eggs Benedict version with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. I&rsquom definitely keeping that in mind for my next big celebration occasion brunch.
Cheddar Ham Potato Cakes &ndash with fried eggs for brunch!
If you&rsquore looking for a great ham to provide excellent leftovers for this recipe, be sure to check out this incredibly popular recipe for Dijon & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham .
Originally published December 2016.
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If you have a food processor this couldn't be simpler: just put the ham, onion, potatoes, egg and parsley in the goblet and blend till the ham is shredded quite finely.
Alternatively you could use a conventional mincer, with the coarse blade fitted. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, stir in the chopped gherkins and taste and season with freshly milled pepper, but probably not salt. Now divide the mixture into eight equal portions, shape them into neat rounds and press a light coating of breadcrumbs over each one. Then chill the hash cakes in the refrigerator till needed. To cook them, melt the butter with the oil in a frying pan and fry the cakes till golden and crisp – which will take about 5-8 minutes on each side.
To make the parsley sauce, place the first four ingredients in a saucepan and whisk them over the heat till smooth and thickened. Then cook for 5 minutes before adding the parsley and lemon juice, and season to taste. For extra flavour you can infuse the milk with the parsley stalks first but let it get absolutely cold before using it with this method.
With Easter just around the corner, I know many of you will have mashed potatoes on your dinner table. If you need a great mashed recipe, be sure to see The Best Mashed Potato Recipe that I have shared with you here on my blog.
My grandmother always cooked for a large family. She would always over estimate when making mashed potatoes. So, she would always fry up mashed potato cakes with her leftovers. As a kid, I refused to even try them. As an adult…. I tried them and LOVED them.
Mashed Potato Cakes can be made with so many different toppings. You could do a ham and cheese, just veggies. You could do with or without cheese. The possibilities are endless.I personally like to make a big double batch of mashed potatoes just to make these Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes. I make a couple batches, leave them uncooked, and then toss them in the freezer so I have them on hand for a quick breakfast or dinner side dish.
The ingredients for these cakes are so simple. Grab your favorite mashed potatoes and some mixins and you have a great leftover mashed potato recipe. I sometimes use pre-cooked bacon or precooked ham to speed up the process with prep.
3 cup leftover Mashed Potatoes (You can use The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe I shared)
1/4 tsp minced Garlic
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
3/4 cup Flour
1/4 Green Bell Pepper
1/4 Red Bell Pepper
7 strips cooked Bacon, chopped
4 Green Onions, chopped
4 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 tbsp Butter
Dice green and red bell peppers and microwave for 1 minute to soften. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, flour and eggs.
Mix until well blended.
Fold in peppers, bacon, onions and cheese.
At this point, you can either use a spoon to portion out the cakes or follow the next steps to make pretty uniform ones.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread mixture over parchment paper.
Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and roll to consistent thickness.
Freeze for 1 hour.
Using a circle cutter (about 3″), cut into cakes.
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Cook cakes until browned on each side (about 5 minutes each side).
You can optionally garnish with sour cream and dice green onions.
These leftover hamburger recipe ideas come in handy if you made too many grilled burgers (or smashburgers) this Labor Day. They not only help you use up your food before it goes bad but make your next meal even faster.
And they’re so delicious you’ll probably plan on cooking extra burgers every time from now on.
Since the meat is already cooked, you’ll just want to be careful not to overdo it adding it to sauce or soup will help keep it moist, but for some of these recipes, you’ll basically only be warming up your leftover patties.
This cafeteria staple is so much better when you make it from scratch instead of opening a can. Tomato paste, bell peppers, onions, garlic, Worcestershire, spices, and cider vinegar add delicious depth to the sauce, but it’s still a simple dinner. Get our Sloppy Joe recipe.
You can make a quick version of any chili with leftover hamburger, but why not a Wendy’s copycat recipe? It’s been claimed they use leftover patties for their beloved chili, but even if it’s not authentic, it’s convenient (and tasty too). Get the Wendy’s Copycat Chili recipe.
If your hamburgers are plainly seasoned, here’s an easy trick to make them taste perfect for tacos: Bloom the spices or taco seasoning you normally use in oil or butter and then mix in the crumbled, cooked beef. Pile it into classic crispy tacos, soft shells (like in our Picadillo Breakfast Taco recipe), or make our Beef Taco Salad recipe—edible tortilla bowls optional.
If you’re still in a burger mood are out of buns, crumble your leftover beef for this easy Cheeseburger Pie recipe. Or if you’re craving something more custardy like bread pudding, use the buns too and make this Cheeseburger Pudding recipe.
These Eastern European dumplings are easy to make thanks to the forgiving sour cream-enriched dough, and cooked beef makes a hearty filling that you can also mix with roasted veggies or mashed potatoes if you have any. These are boiled first, then fried in butter and oil. Serve with more sour cream for dipping. Get our Ground Beef Pierogi recipe.
For another take on beef encased in tender dough, make empanadas with your crumbled burger patties. Our Picadillo Meat Pie recipe adds olives and raisins to the meat for a piquant, sweet, and savory combo, but you can leave it plainer if you prefer.
Sauteed garlic and shallots plus red curry paste and coconut milk make leftover ground beef taste brand new. Put it on a baguette or roll for a banh mi-inspired sandwich with fresh herbs and crisp carrot and cucumber slices (which you can quick pickle in rice vinegar first). Get our Red Curry Sloppy Banh Mi recipe.
Regular crushed tomatoes will work well here, but we suggest you keep a can or two of fire-roasted tomatoes in your pantry for this sauce (among other things) for the extra depth of flavor they add to a quick dish. You can serve this sauce over noodles if you like, but this rich, cheesy polenta is pretty fabulous (and a great way to use up a little leftover cream cheese too). Get our Quick Beef Ragu with Cheesy Polenta recipe.
Use the same spice blooming trick for this recipe briefly fry the seasonings in hot oil or butter to bring out their flavor, then mix with your burger chunks and wrap them up in pita or flatbread with a simple yogurt sauce and whatever fixings you lie. Get our Ground Beef Gyro recipe.
This Greek casserole combines seasoned ground beef with veggies it often has a layer of potatoes, but this Moussaka recipe sandwiches the meat layer between tender slices of eggplant and zucchini. The creamy bechamel on top is bolstered with cheese and egg for an extra rich and fluffy finish.
Think of this as a thinner chili, ready in under an hour (even faster when you start with crumbled burger meat). Top it with cheese, sour cream, pickled jalape ñ os, and tortilla chips—or Fritos for extra crunch. Get our Beef Taco Soup recipe.
Those fire roasted crushed tomatoes come in handy here too add beans to the beef and cheese filling if you only have a little leftover hamburger and need to bulk it up. Get our Beef Enchilada recipe.
Ground beef isn’t the first breakfast meat you think of (chances are that’s bacon or ham), but it’s a surprisingly good addition to scrambled eggs, along with spinach for some roughage. This San Francisco diner dish is great for dinner too. Get our Joe’s Special Scramble recipe.
A quick mac and cheese plus crumbled patties equals a homemade Hamburger Helper, but you can do even better than that. Our Beefy Macaroni Casserole recipe is one habit-forming option. Or try our Tex Mex Mac and Cheese recipe but use your leftover burgers in place of chorizo (to make up for the spice difference, add a little smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, and garlic when the onion is almost cooked, then crumble in the beef).
Using ground beef makes Stroganoff easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but you can use crumbled cooked burgers to make it even quicker. Egg noodles are ready in no time and can cook right in the same pan, making this an ideal one-pot meal. Get our One-Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe.
These tiny tamale pies are the perfect size for a snack or appetizer, but any kid would be happy to find them in their lunchbox (without the onions if they absolutely refuse, but they might not mind in this dish). The easy masa crust is simply pressed into place, and the richly spiced beef filling is topped with melted cheddar. Get our Mini Tamale Pie recipe.
Greek stuffed grape leaves are easier to make than you think (and you can cook them in the Crock-Pot too), but you don’t have to turn out 50 at a time. If you only have a little burger meat left, combine it with some cooked rice (save the rest of that for fried rice) and fill as many leaves as you can. Eat them for lunch with hummus and flatbread, or serve with Greek BBQ for dinner. Get our Dolmathes recipe.
Using leftover hamburger patties won’t be quite the same since you can’t mix in the breadcrumbs and eggs to lighten the texture, but smothering them in this savory sauce still tastes great. Add a dash of Worcestershire to the mushrooms and shallots when they’re almost cooked since it’s missing from the meat. Get our Salisbury Steak recipe.
Stuffed bell peppers are something of a blank canvas, so along with your crumbled burgers, add whatever else you want to the filling (cooked rice or whole grains, onions, herbs, cheese, and so on). Just don’t forget the salt. Get our Stuffed Pepper recipe.
A patty melt is pretty much a grilled cheese-burger hybrid, so it’s an ideal way to use leftover hamburgers, though if yours are particularly thick, you may want to slice them in half lengthwise first. Caramelized onions and swiss cheese harmonize especially well with rye bread, but you can use whatever you have on hand. Get our Patty Melt recipe.
Mashed potato topped shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie) is one of the best cold weather comfort foods around. You can make it with leftover hamburger but since you won’t get the browned bits from cooking the meat in the pan, add a dab of beef bouillon to deepen the flavor. Get our Shepherd’s Pie recipe.
While this year&rsquos Easter or Passover celebration may have not been a large family gathering like it is most years, most of you made a ham for the sake of tradition with your immediate family. We made this amazing Roasted Pineapple & Honey Ham that was absolutely delicious!
This year more than ever, you probably have tupperware containers filled with leftover ham that you are itching to use in a some easy recipes. The beauty of leftover ham is that it works so well for such a variety of recipes.
It pairs splendidly with eggs for various breakfast and brunch recipes. It also goes great with green vegetables like peas and asparagus in casseroles. From ham sandwiches, to dips and appetizers and pasta casseroles and soups, we have a little bit of everything.
You are sure to find at least a couple great recipes with simple and delicious ingredients for a family friendly dinner!
Give mashed potatoes a second chance by sautéing them into golden mashed potato cakes with spinach.
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