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What to do with Easter ham leftovers: Save the bone for soup, make a frittata

What to do with Easter ham leftovers: Save the bone for soup, make a frittata
What to do with Easter ham leftovers: Save the bone for soup, make a frittata
Photo courtesy of Luke Zalewski and used with permission

Do not let your Easter ham leftovers go to waste. There are many delicious recipes you can make using everything from the bone to the leftover ham itself.

If you do not have time to use the bone from your Easter ham right away, wrap it well, label and date it and put it in the freezer. You can use the bone from your Easter ham to make all kinds of different soups.

Use the leftover ham to make a delicious frittata. A frittata is an oven baked omelet or similar to a quiche but with no crust. All you will need is eggs, shredded cheese of your choice, and chopped vegetables of your choice. Cut the leftover Easter ham into small cubes to use in your frittata.

Depending on how many people you need to serve you will need 6 to 12 eggs. You will also need an oven-proof pan that can withstand temperatures of up to 375*F. Some of the vegetables you may want to add to your frittata include colored bell peppers and red onions. Using a variety of bell peppers, green, red, orange and yellow, adds a lot of wonderful color to your frittata.

Other items you may wish to add to your frittata made with your leftover Easter ham:

  • Sliced black olives
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Chopped tomatoes

Before you begin, preheat the oven to 350*F and prepare the pan. The pan should be at least two inches deep and approximately 12 to 16 inches around. This will allow for your frittata to rise. If you are making a smaller frittata with only six eggs you will still need a pan at least two inches deep but smaller in circumference.

Carefully crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk together with milk, cream of half and half. Half and half will add a little extra creaminess. You will need approximately ¼ cup of milk, perhaps less. Once you have the eggs whisked completely, fold in the shredded cheese, vegetables and cubed ham.

Place the pan in the oven and bake 10 minutes at 350*F. Check the frittata for doneness. If it is still soft in the middle, cook another 5 to 10 minutes, until firm. Do not overcook because the bottom will burn and the frittata will be dry.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven using an oven mitt. Let the frittata cool for a few minutes before cutting into wedges. You should be able to get four wedges from a small frittata and 8 wedges from a larger one.