24 Creative Twists on Easter Ham

Ham Recipes


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Ham Recipes

Ham It Up

Easter is right around the corner, which for many people means ham will soon be appearing on the family dinner table. Whether you're partial to a traditional glazed, baked ham or hunger for a new twist on this classic, such as Indonesian stir-fried ham, you're sure to find inspiration with one of these yummy recipes.

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Five Spice Cherry Ham

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: Better Homes & Gardens

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Deep Fried Ham
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Deep-Fried Ham

This is not a healthy dish, but it is a fun and tasty dish to enjoy sparingly. Frying the ham creates a tender and juicy final dish with a crisp outside for maximum texture contrast.

Recipe: Paula Deen

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Ham Stir-Fry

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: Fine Cooking

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Pineapple Glazed Ham
Ham and Cranberry Panini
Spicy Honey-glazed Ham

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

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

Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Glazed Ham

Mustard and ham is so classic that is 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

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Ham and Avocado Scramble

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

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Chipotle Ham
Ham Salad Sandwiches

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

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Ham with Hawaiian Salsa

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

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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Ham and Cheese Dip

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
Ham Hash Brown Casserole

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 Melon Salad

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

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Ham and Cheese Tortellini

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

Slow Cooker Ham
Ham and Bean Soup

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
Ham and Cheese Pull Apart Bread

Ham & Cheese Pullapart 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

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

Coconut Ham Curry

Coconut Ham Curry

Pineapple and ham get an update in a recipe with a coconut curry background. Tamarind pulp, curry paste, and fish sauce are just some of the ingredients that make this dish pop with unique flavors.

Recipe: cookstr