6 Eggs-elent & Easy Easter Leftovers Recipes

Now that it’s been a few days since Easter, you’re probably sick of eating Easter leftovers.

There are only so many meals that you can eat ham, potatoes, and eggs without feeling like Groundhog Day. So, why not dive into some of these recipes and make the most of your delicious leftovers? But before you dive into ham sandwich number 5, check the date on the package.  Just how long will that ham last in your fridge?

Families all around the country celebrate Easter, Christmas and other holidays by making ham the star of the meal.

Smoked ham is displayed for sale in a grocery store ahead of the Easter holiday

In fact, Americans purchase over 300 million pounds of ham over the holidays. Why? Well, ham is popular for celebratory meals because of its versatility. But just how long does ham last in the fridge?

That answer can vary, so we turned to the experts to weigh in before you make your third, fourth, or fifth ham sandwich of the week. As a general guideline, your ham will last for about a week, says the Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Both plastic-wrapped and vacuum-packaged hams must be refrigerated. A plastic-wrapped ham will keep about one week. A vacuum-packaged ham should be consumed by the “use by” date or within 1 week after the “sell by” date. 

A traditional Easter dinner typically includes a ham or lamb as the main course, with a variety of side dishes. Some common side dishes include potatoes whether they be mashed, scalloped, or in a cheesy casserole (my favorite!), green beans, carrots, rolls, and salad. Desserts often include chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and other Easter-themed treats.

 

Easter Leftovers

Smoked ham is displayed for sale in a grocery store ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

The recipes below include a lot more sides to add to your protein to make a delicious Easter leftover dinner your family will ask for again and again. Also, don’t forget a simple ham and cheese omelette is always a home run, too!

  • 1. Ham & Potato Soup

    This hearty soup is perfect for a cold day. In a large pot, combine some cooked ham, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • 2. Ham & Cheese Sliders

    These sliders are a fun and easy way to use up leftover ham. Simply spread some softened butter on slider buns, then top with cooked ham, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • 3. Ham & Bean Soup

    This hearty soup is perfect for a cold day. In a large pot, combine some cooked ham, beans, carrots, celery, onions, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

     

  • 4. Potato Casserole Chicken and Waffles

    This is an interesting take. You use your leftover cheesy potato casserole in waffle mix (store bought or use the recipe below) and add chicken … How can that be bad???

     

  • 5. Spicy Egg Salad

    Everyone has eggs left over from Easter. Before you chuck them try this recipe and add a little spice to your breakfast, lunch, or snack! Your kids will love cracking open their colorful eggs for a delicious meal.

     

  • 6. All Things Pork

    Is your mouth watering yet? I mean, if the Pork Board suggests it, it has to be good! These recipes look delicious …

     

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