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What to Do With Leftover Ham?

Easy Chinese Recipes Using Cooked Ham

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If you've cooked a large ham for Easter or any other family gathering, you're probably going to have leftovers. From Fried Rice to Egg Foo Yung, these easy Chinese recipes are a great way to use up leftover cooked ham.
Be sure to refrigerate the leftover ham within 2 hours and use within 3 to 4 days. Ham can also be frozen – for best results, use within 1 to 2 months.

1. Fried Rice With Ham

Fried rice is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to make - this recipe combines peas and cooked ham with Chinese seasonings.

2. Shrimp Fried Rice (With Ham)

This dish uses only 4 ounces shrimp, in order to keep the shrimp flavor from overpowering the other ingredients. If you like, you can leave the shrimp out altogether and turn it into ham fried rice.

3. Stir-fry Egg Foo Yung

You can use cooked ham in place of the Chinese sausage.

4. Winter Melon Soup

Traditionally, sweet, delicate winter melon (Dong Gua) is both a soup ingredient and the tureen, as the soup is served inside the hollowed out melon. Intricate designs are often carved on the melon's outer skin.

5. P.F. Chang's Zodiac Noodles

Zodiac Noodles
P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Reproduced with permission.
This recipe comes from P.F. Chang's Flavors of Yunnan menu. It combines rice noodles with pork loin, ham, cabbage and shiitake mushrooms in a spicy Kung Pao-style sauce. If you don't have rice vermicelli noodles on hand, you can substitute spaghetti.

6. Chinese Creamed Cabbage

Chinese Creamed Cabbage
Rhonda Parkinson
China is not generally known for its creamed dishes, but in this recipe cabbage is lightly coated with a cream sauce and garnished with chopped ham and scallions.

7. Chicken Velvet

In this recipe chopped cooked ham is used as a garnish.

8. Curried Turkey Dinner (Substitute Ham)

This quick and easy casserole combines leftover cooked meat with frozen broccoli and mushroom soup. The recipe calls for turkey, but you can substitute leftover cooked ham.

9. Longevity Noodles

This simple dish is basically an egg drop soup served over noodles, with leftover ham and green onion for a garnish.

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