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What are some recipes using leftover ham?

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There are many recipes that are great for leftover ham, which is especially good after holiday meals. Some of these recipes include ham and cheese quiche, loaded baked potato casserole and cabonara with asparagus and peas. The preparation and cook time on these recipes varies from a few minutes to more than an hour.

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The ham and cheese quiche sounds difficult, but with just a couple of cup fulls of leftover ham, cheese and pre-made pie crusts, this recipe can be ready to go into the oven in as little as 20 minutes. The type of pie crust does not matter and cooks can use the brand of their choice.

The loaded baked potato casserole is very simple as well, using frozen potato wedges and 2 cups of ham, along with a few other ingredients. The type of potatoes wedges used is up to the cook and can include traditional wedges or add some spice to the recipe with Southwestern seasoned wedges.

The original recipe for the cabonara calls for pancetta instead of ham, but Rachael Ray advises that ham can easily be substituted in this recipe. The ham does need to be chopped to the small 1/4 inch chunks as the pancetta and the rest of the steps for the recipe followed as given.

To begin making broccoli scalloped potatoes, first melt 1/4 cube of butter. Next add 4 cloves of garlic and 2 tablespoons of chopped onion and cook until tender. Stir in 5 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Whisk in 2 1/2 cups of whole milk and bring ingredients to a boil while stirring. Cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup of Swiss cheese and reduce heat until the cheese melts. Stir in 2 pounds of peeled, sliced potatoes, 2 cups of cooked, sliced ham and 2 cups of broccoli florets. Bake the mixture in a covered dish for 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, sprinkle extra cheese on top, and then bake uncovered for an additional 20 to 25 minutes.

To start making asparagus strata with cheese, first place bread with the crusts removed into a buttered baking pan. Place a slice of cheese, asparagus pieces and ham onto each piece of bread. Then top with another slice of bread. Pour a mixture of 4 eggs, 2 cups of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard over the bread. Refrigerate overnight, and sprinkle with shredded cheese before baking at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes.

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