I’d be willing to bet that many of you had plenty of ham leftover from Christmas dinner. We did. And we brought it home with us, all the way from Wisconsin to Michigan.
Now, you’re probably wondering how two people get through more than 5 pounds of ham before it gets old or goes bad. Well, we froze half of it. And then, we got creative.
We put it on sandwiches.
We put it in an egg scramble.
And I made a ham and pepper hash.
Here’s the recipe (adapted from Bon Appétit):
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 1/2 cups diced lean ham
3 cups finely julienned potatoes
2 teaspoons dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
Clean and chop/slice your vegetables and ham. (I used my new mandolin to thinly julienne the potatoes. Thanks Mom!)
Melt butter in a large frying pan, add onions and sauté until tender and translucent.
Add bell peppers and sauté until tender.
Add spices, ham and potatoes. Stir/toss to evenly distribute spices, vegetables and ham among potatoes.
Cover (with a cutting board, if that’s all ya’ got) and let cook until potatoes are tender.
Add 1/4-1/2 cup water, if desired, to help potatoes cook. (I did, and I think that while it sped up the process just a bit, it also prohibited the potatoes from getting crispy.)
I liked this dish because it’s hearty, warm and comforting—perfect for a winter supper. I also liked it because it reheated well; Chrstopher took it for lunch today and really enjoyed it. I think it would be fantastic with cheese on top!
How do you like to use leftover ham?