Monday, December 26, 2011

Hormel - Christmas Leftover Meal Ideas

December's Hormel questions are all about Christmas, holiday food, and one of my favorite things, what to do with the leftovers!

Since we are not actually home for Christmas, I'm a little sad to say that we are not going to have a plethora of leftover ham at our house to cook with, as we did after Thanksgiving with our 14lb bacon covered turkey monstrosity. However, the kind folks at Hormel did send samples of their diced ham, so I have ham to cook with (and honestly, their bagged, cubed ham is preferable to dicing up my own ham)!


So, what can one do with a whole lot of leftover ham?

For bentos, of course, I have to recommend mini quiches or ham and cheese stuffed muffins, or a batch of each. Just make and freeze for quick and easy lunches! The quiche recipe is also great for make ahead dinners. I usually have a pan or two of quiche in my freezer, just make it but freeze before baking. I also want to make a batch of breakfast burritos to freeze individually for Shaun & the kids.

Freezing your leftover ham for later on is always an option. You can freeze leftover ham for up to six months, but the National Food and Safety Database recommends two months for the best quality. Chop and freeze ham in meal-sized portions for easier access when you're looking to cook a quick, last-minute meal.

For an easy and elegant appetizer, top toasted French bread slices with diced ham, thinly sliced pear, and thinly sliced Fontina cheese. Broil 1 to 3 minutes to melt the cheese and serve. These are lovely with a cup of soup for lunch, as well as an appetizer.

Since I plan to make a few ham dishes (come January 1st, we are back into full-fledged meal planning, since life will have calmed down), I've been browsing the Hormel site for ideas. A few of my "we're going to try them" items include:
So share with me, any other brilliant ham ideas, utilizing leftover or diced ham? I could use a few more suggestions, that don't involved ham slices or a whole ham.

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.

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