23 Creative Twists on Easter Ham

Ham Recipes


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Ham Recipes
Five Spice Cherry Ham

1. Five-Spice Cherry Ham

The addition of cloves and five-spice powder to this glazed ham recipe adds a seasonal flair. The subtle warmth of the spices balances out the fattiness and saltiness of the ham, creating a more complex flavor profile than the average fruit-glazed preparation.

Recipe: BigOven

Related: 10 Cheap Easter Side Dishes To Put on Your Holiday Menu

Deep Fried Ham
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Ham Stir-Fry

3. Indonesian Ham Stir-Fry

Break out of traditional preparations of ham this season and try something from another culture, such as this sizzling stir-fry. Ingredients including sambal, lemongrass, and ginger lend a spicy and warm flavor that permeates the salty meat.

Recipe: Copy Me That 

Pineapple Glazed Ham

4. Pineapple Glazed Ham

Although many think of this as a classic recipe, few have actually tried it. This is an easy and straightforward preparation that plays upon the combination of sweet and salty.

Recipe: Instructables 

Spicy Honey-glazed Ham

5. Spicy Honey-Glazed Ham

Adding spice to a traditional honey-glazed ham takes it to the next level and keeps it from being the same old dish. This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of hot sauce, so something like habanero and scotch bonnet could be used for intense heat and flavor without being overwhelming.

Recipe: Food Network 

Chipotle Ham

6. Chipotle Pineapple Jerk-Glazed Ham

Jerk seasoning is a spicy Jamaican blend of thyme, scallions, allspice, and fiery chilies that take ham to an entirely new level. This chipotle-spiked recipe is layered with interesting spices.

Recipe: Half Baked Harvest 

Ham with Hawaiian Salsa

7. Ham with Hawaiian Salsa

This recipe for ham steaks brightens up the dish with sweet and acidic flavors of pineapple, sweet potato, and lime. The contrasting flavors create a big impression, making the meal uniquely satisfying.

Recipe: Woman's Day

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Herb Braised Ham

8. Herb-Braised Ham

Braising is not the most common way of cooking a ham, but it does yield an effortlessly juicy and tender final dish. Another helpful aspect of this recipe is that it uses inexpensive kitchen staples such as carrots, onions, and herbs to impart flavor.

Recipe: Epicurious

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Slow Cooker Ham

9. Slow Cooker Ham

Making a ham in a slow cooker saves time and energy, as well as ensuring a moist dish. This recipe provides a foolproof list of tips and tricks to follow to get the best results.

Recipe: The Kitchn 

Glazed Ham
Glazed Ham by Food Stories (CC BY-NC-SA)

10. Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Glazed Ham

Mustard and ham is so classic that it can get boring, but not if you add a little bourbon. The sweet spirit, along with molasses, adds depth and vibrancy to the finished glaze sauce, which makes the finished dish taste a little like barbecue.

Recipe: The Spruce 

Ham and Cranberry Panini

11. Ham & Cranberry Panini

Ham and fruit make a good combination, but why limit it to tropical fruits? Cranberries are naturally tart and astringent, which accentuates the rich umami flavor of any cut of ham.

Recipe: Nutmeg Nanny 

Ham Hash Brown Casserole

12. Ham & Hash Brown Casserole

Ham and potatoes have had a long love affair. This genius creation that combines hash browns and ham into one delicious casserole is a keeper, using a few staples such as creamed soup and shredded cheese.

Recipe: "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"

Ham and Avocado Scramble

13. Ham & Avocado Scramble

Throwing some leftover ham into your morning eggs is nice, but creating a composed dish with a few other balancing ingredients takes it to the next level. The addition of avocado and a touch of garlic make this an anytime snack or light meal complete with an air of sophistication.

Recipe: Taste of Home 

Ham Salad Sandwiches

14. Ham Salad Sandwiches

Those who find chicken or tuna salad on the bland side will enjoy the more umami-rich flavor of ham salad. Classic and inexpensive condiments such as mayonnaise, mustard, and relish dress up chunks of ham and hard-boiled eggs for a protein-rich sandwich filling.

Recipe: Allrecipes 

Ham and Cheese Dip

15. Ham & Cheese Dip

Turn ham into a family-style appetizer by taking a classic combination such as ham and cheese and making it into a dip. Like so many dips, the key ingredient is cream cheese -- with a little kick from spices such as cayenne to keep it fresh.

Recipe: Tablespoon

Ham and Cheese Quesadilla

16. Ham & Swiss Quesadilla

Put a spin on the classic ham and cheese sandwich by giving it a little bit of Latin flair. Serve this with traditional salsas and sour cream, or any favorite condiments, such as honey mustard.

Recipe: Genius Kitchen 

Ham and Melon Salad

17. Ham & Melon Salad

This classic salad calls for Spanish-style cured ham, though leftover baked ham can be used for the same contrast of sweet and salty flavors. Using a cured and sliced ham for this salad can be a way to work it into a menu without relying on a large roast.

Recipe: Serious Eats 

Ham and Cheese Tortellini

18. Ham & Cheese Tortellini

This pasta recipe adds ham to a cheesy pot of tortellini, which is a convenient and inexpensive ingredient to build a meal around. The final dish eats like a combination of ham and cheese sandwich and mac and cheese.

Recipe: Delish

Ham and Bean Soup

19. Chipotle Ham & Bean Soup

Tender beans and salty ham have a long history of working well together. This recipe gets an added kick from smoky chipotle, which provides a lot of flavor without too much heat, creating a balanced dish everyone can enjoy.

Recipe: Sweet Anna's

Ham Chowder

20. Cheesy Ham Chowder

This rich recipe plays up the stick-to-your-ribs deep flavor of ham by enveloping it in a velvety chowder. This is a go-to recipe when there's a small amount of ham to feed a lot of people, or a little bit of leftovers that need a home.

Recipe: Taste of Home 

Ham and Cheese Pull Apart Bread

21. Ham & Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

This recipe takes a store-bought sourdough loaf and turns it into something spectacular with the addition of cheese and meats. It's an easy way to stretch the last bits of ham into something a crowd can share.

Recipe: In Good Taste

Spinach and Ham Baked Potato
Muffaletta Salad

23. Muffaletta Salad

A traditional New Orleans sandwich gets lightened up without the bread in this salad version. Big flavor comes from the olives and pickled vegetables, all-stars for adding piquancy at low cost.

Recipe: Rachael Ray