8 Things to Make with Leftover Holiday Ham

In only a few minutes, you’ll transform what was once a holiday dinner into kid-friendly fare from pizza to breakfast cups, mini sandwiches and more.
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If a glistening ham is gracing your holiday table today, chances are you'll have a bit of that smoky, juicy meat left over at the end of the meal. Don’t let that beautiful ham go to waste! These easy ideas won’t keep you in the kitchen for long. In only a few minutes, you’ll transform what was once a holiday dinner into kid-friendly fare — pizza, breakfast cups, mini sandwiches and more.

Giada De Laurentiis has included diced ham and three different cheeses for a surprisingly simple dish … with more than 700 5-star reviews.

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Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond's Scalloped Potatoes and Ham as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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It’s the side dish from heaven. In Ree Drummond’s recipe, gooey Monterey Jack cheese meets flaky russet potatoes and the whole thing is studded with gorgeous bits of ham.

Leftovers aren’t popular with my crowd, but I can transform the same gorgeous ham into a totally new dinner with this simple recipe.

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A splash of cream adds rich flavor to Food Network Magazine's hearty pasta.

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Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Whether it’s breakfast, brunch or dinner, you’ve got big hunks of crusty bread paired with salty ham and oozing Gruyère cheese in this classic from Food Network Kitchen.

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Start with a store-bought crust, but do grate your own cheese — the flavor will be so much better. Then let the kids place (or plunk) all the ingredients right on top.

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This recipe, featured in Food Network Magazine, is about to rock that leftover ham’s world. Pair it with crusty bread or croutons and you’ve got dinner on the table.

These adorable sammies are a great way to encourage kids to try something new, like sauerkraut. And before you keep on scrolling, give it a chance! With a taste similar to pickles, all of my rascals actually love the stuff — on these sandwiches at least. (Even I’m not adventurous enough to serve it straight up, but if you do, please report back.)

Charity Curley Mathews is the mom of four small kids (ages 1 through 6) and the founder of Foodlets.com, a site about simple dishes busy parents can prepare + tried-and-true techniques for teaching kids to love good, fresh food.

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