Your big meal is over. Are you wondering what to do with leftover ham? My Deviled Ham Recipe uses salty ham, crunchy celery, tangy pickles and creamy mayonnaise. The peppery bite you get from Tabasco gives it just the right kick! The salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy spread is delicious on bread or crackers. It’s also perfect for a sandwich at lunch. This sandwich spread is easy to make, freezes well and is a great use of leftover ham.
Leftovers, do you love them or hate them? I love them and I think the reason I do is because I repurpose leftovers 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 ham on Sunday, 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… My Deviled Ham Recipe is a favorite repurpose of leftover ham!
What is deviled ham?
Deviled ham is a spiced up version of ham. 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.
How do you make deviled ham?
- Making Deviled Ham is super easy!
- Gather the ingredients – ham, celery and an onion.
- Toss everything in your food processor. It does all the work for you!
- When it’s done chopping add a scoop of sweet pickle relish, spices and mayo and wa-la!
- The Deviled Ham is ready!
This is the best of both worlds because it is 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?
I make our lunches every morning and this is a terrific spread to use for sandwiches. Added bonus – tastes even better on day two!
Or if you’re looking for other ways to use up left over ham, let me toss a few more your way –
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!
Cuban Pork Chops are another amazing dish! A thick cut pork chop stuffed with ham, swiss cheese and the dill pickle adds a salty bite! This is a great meal, because the pork chop is stuffed with ham, pickles and cheese and every bite is a great pop of flavor!
Serve up some 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.
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!
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!
There are a ton more ideas and recipes here on the website for leftover ham – just go to the search bar and type in ham – additionally I wanted to share another recipe for deviled ham – head over to Garlic and Zest for Savory Southern Deviled Ham!
p.s. Don’t forget to save the hambone – there is so much flavor and it’s the start to a great soup!
Be sure to enjoy Deviled Ham your favorite way!
This post has been updated from last year.
Deviled Ham Recipe
The big meal is over but are you wondering what to do with leftover ham? My Deviled Ham Recipe uses salty ham, crunchy celery, tangy pickles and creamy mayonnaise. The peppery bite comes from Tabasco. It gives it just the right kick! The spicy, salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy spread is delicious on bread or crackers. It’s also perfect for a sandwich at lunch. This sandwich spread is easy to make, freezes well and is a great use of leftover ham.
Deviled Ham Recipe
My Deviled Ham Recipe uses salty ham, crunchy celery, tangy pickles and creamy mayonnaise. The peppery bite you get from Tabasco gives it just the right kick! The salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy spread is delicious on bread or crackers. It's also perfect for a sandwich at lunch. This sandwich spread is easy to make, freezes well and is a great use of leftover ham.
- 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!