The big meal is over. Are you wondering what to do with all that leftover ham? My Deviled Ham Recipe uses salty ham, crunchy celery, tangy pickles and creamy mayonnaise. The peppery bite from Tabasco gives it just the right kick! This salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy spread is delicious on bread or crackers and perfect for a sandwich at lunch. This ham salad sandwich spread is easy to make, freezes well and is a great use of leftover ham!
Originally published in March 2017, updated to improve the reader experience, March 2019.
Deviled Ham Recipe
Leftovers, do you love them or hate them? I love leftover! The reason I do is that I repurpose them into a great new meal. It’s probably one of the things I’m best at.
Taking our Chinese food and combining it with some fresh veggies and making a soup. Thinking I have an avocado for the salad but no! Dang it… I don’t want to run to the store… and then digging in the back of the fridge and realizing I have marinated artichoke hearts.
You’ll be surprised what you can come up with when your time and budget are limited!
So let’s say you make a magnificent meal for the holiday, but you have a ton of leftover ham… of course you’ll want to save the hambone and make Ham and Bean Soup, right? But there’s still a pile of ham leftover… This Deviled Ham Recipe is a great repurpose of leftover ham!
Ham Salad Recipe
What is deviled ham?
Deviled ham is a spiced up ham spread. It can be spiced up with cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce or even jalapeños. The meat is finely chopped and additional flavors are added to make it creamy or crunchy. You can also devil chicken or lobster. Probably the most popular is deviled eggs.
Grocery list for Ham Salad
- Tabasco Sauce
- sweet relish
I love the combination of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy. Delicious on bread or crackers. Or if you prefer a low carb version pack it in a stalk of celery or top off a cucumber slice. Easy-peasy right?
Ham Salad Sandwich
Steps to make Ham Salad Recipe
- Cut the ham into cubes and rough chop the celery and onion.
- Add these ingredients to the food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are chopped.
- Drain the relish well.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir.
- Spread on crackers or bread, refrigerate leftovers.
I make our lunches every morning and this is a terrific spread to use for sandwiches. Added bonus – tastes even better on day two!
Leftover Ham Recipes
How long does Deviled Ham last?
Refrigerate leftovers. Properly stored it will last up to five days.
Can you freeze deviled ham?
Absolutely! Sealed well, just tuck it in the freezer – it will last up to six months.
Southern Style Ham Pasta Salad – tons of veggies and pasta is packed into thsi delicious salad! If you’re looking for an easy light lunch or a great side salad for your next barbecue, look no further!
Still have leftover ham? Check out all of these recipes for more inspiration!
As I’d mentioned earlier Ham and Bean Soup is a great use of leftover ham especially if you are stretching pennies! Ham and Bean Soup is an affordable meal too.
Slow cooking the beans (or using your Instant Pot) makes them creamy and delicious. We love a big pot of beans! (Freezes well too!)
Potato Soup with Ham is another penny-stretching delicious option! This recipe is made quickly in the Instant Pot (though you can also make it on the stovetop or slow cooker) It’s creamy and rich and really so hearty!
Here are a few more recipes for Ham Soup!
- Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup from The Foodie Affair
- Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup – Leggins ‘N Lattes
- Ham and Potato Soup – Salt and Lavender
Cuban Pork Chops are another amazing dish! A thick cut pork chop stuffed with ham, swiss cheese and a dill pickle to add a salty bite! Every bite is a pop of flavor!
Want to lighten it up? Make a Cobb salad – chunks of salty ham, cheese and greens topped off with a tangy homemade 1000 island salad dressing – delicious!
Breakfast Recipes for Leftover Ham
Heavenly Hash – ham, potatoes, parsley, onions and peppers, oh yes we have a meal! Though the recipe I’ve linked uses corned beef, ham is a great substitute.
- Ham and Cheese Crepes – Restless Chipotle
- Ham, Onion and Cheddar Quiche – Lemoine Family Kitchen
- Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole – Karen’s Kitchens
- No Fail Quiche Lorraine – West Via Midwest
- Ham Smoked Gouda Quiche – An Affair from the Heart
Sandwiches more your thing? Make Cuban Sliders!
More sandwiches recipes
- Ham Sliders – Restless Chipotle
- Easy Ham and Swiss Sliders – West Via Midwest
- Blue Bayou Monte Cristo Sandwiches – House of Nash Eats
- Ham and Cheese the French Way – The Heritage Cook
- Ham and Pineapple Sliders – Kylee Cooks
I LOVE Split Pea Soup and I think my recipe is one of the BEST for Split Pea. It’s quick and easy. Holding out a handful of the peas and adding them 10 minutes after the cooking starts ensures you’ll have a soup with great flavor AND great texture. It’s simply delicious!
Here are more recipes using leftover ham!
- One Pan Creamy Ham & Peas Pasta – A Grande Life
- Alfredo Ham and Peas – An Affair to Remember
- Ham and Potato Casserole – West via Midwest
- Ham Potato and Cheese Pie – Major Hoff Takes a Wife
- Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens – A Wicked Whisk
- Ham & Broccoli Mac ‘n Cheese – From Val’s Kitchen
What’s your favorite use of leftover ham?
p.s. Don’t forget to save the hambone – there is so much flavor and it’s the start to a great soup!
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Items you may need for this recipe
- Food Processor – mine is an inexpensive model and it works just fine!
- Cutting Board – these boards come in a ton of different colors and are reversible too. Dishwasher safe, bonus!
- Glass Storage Containers – love these reusable containers!
Deviled Ham Recipe
- 3 cups cubed ham
- 2 stalks celery
- 1/2 sweet yellow onion
- 1/2 cup mayonaise
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp tobasco sauce
- 1/4 cup sweet relish well drained
- Chunk the ham into cubes. Also rough chop the celery and onion. Add these ingredients to the food processor. Pulse until all ingredients are chopped.
- Drain the relish well. This will keep the spread from getting soggy.
- Remove the ham spread from the food processor and add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Spread on your favorite bread, crackers, cucumbers or celery. Refrigerate leftovers. Even better on day two!