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10 Meals to Make from Leftovers

Leftover Ham
Sandwiches aren't your only option for leftover ham.
Sandwiches aren't your only option for leftover ham.
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You might think there's not much to do with leftover ham besides make a ham sandwich. But why not give some of these ideas a try, instead?

Put a new spin on the ham sandwich by preparing a "croque monsieur" instead. This rich French sandwich is grilled a ham and cheese sandwich, but with Gruyère cheese for a grown-up flavor. Top the grilled sandwich with a rich béchamel sauce. Heaven.

A cheese and ham quiche makes an excellent dish for brunch. Beat together some eggs with milk, add diced up ham and shredded cheese. Pour into an empty pie shell and bake until golden brown on top. Salt and pepper to taste.

Or, pull out the Crock-Pot and simmer a ham and split pea soup. All you need is a pound of dried split peas, your cubed up ham, onion, carrot and enough water to cover all the ingredients. Simmer until the peas disintegrate and you're left with a nice, thick pea soup.

Did You Know? 25 percent of edible food in the United States ends up going to waste.