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30+ Awesome Ham Recipes for Glazed Spiral Ham Day

In honor of National Glazed Spiral Ham Day, (April 15) I am bringing to you 15 awesome ham recipes for you to enjoy!

Ham makes a great special occasion dinner, but it also usually means lots of leftovers. Put them to good use with these great recipes to celebrate this tasty national day.

The sky is the limit with ham. Below are recipe for any mood or meal! There’s everything from ham breakfast dishes, to ham soup recipes, and everything in between.

In addition to this protein option being a popular pick for holiday meals, it can also be a great choice for everyday meals too!

These 30 Ham Recipes are the perfect way to use your holiday meat. From Soup to Appetizer and then to breakfast, I've got you covered!

What is spiral ham?

Spiral hams are made by slicing a bone in ham in one continuous spiral. This leaves the meat on the bone in it original shape.

The advantage of a spiral ham is that the cook doesn’t have to carve by hand, but only needs to cut the meat off the bone itself to have perfect slices that are consistent.

This type of ham is high in sodium because of its brine and is normally hickory smoked or has a smoked flavor that is added..

Spiral hams are often served with a glaze made of sugar mixed with  honey, or orange juice. Spices are added to boost the taste of the ham. 

Fun ham facts

I love that so many ordinary things have a national day. It really helps to make sure the it’s Always the Holidays in my house! Here are some fun ham facts:

Fun Facts about Ham

  • The first canned ham was sold in 1926 by Hormel. It’s pretty much a household name now, especially around Easter and Christmas
  • Because of a Civil War surrender agreement, Virginia baked ham was given the name as a means to insult the residents of Virginia!
  • A statue of the Madonna was once made from 180 pounds of ham by Chicago artist Dwight Kalb.
  • In 1952, Harry J. Hoenselaar patented the spiral ham slicer and the ham glaze, too.
  • Hams imported into Australia are not allowed to have a bone in them.
  • In the USA, the best hams are called “country-cured”. City hams are considered of a lower caliber.
  • The best known variety of country cured hams are the dark lean hams from Virginia. 

Baked ham recipes

Easter is often celebrated with a baked ham on the table.  Perhaps one of these glazed ham recipes is perfect for your holiday table!

How to cook the perfect holiday ham.

Honey and Spice Glazed Ham.

Orange Dijon Glazed Ham

Crock Pot Beer Braised Ham

Orange Marmalade Ginger Ham Glaze

Cranberry Orange Ham

Ham appetizer recipes

Left over ham makes perfect appetizers. They can be as intricate as rolled  pinwheels, or as simple as toppings for crudites.  Any way you use it, ham gives so much flavor and gets your party started right.

Read on for dozens of recipes that you can make with left over ham.

Ham Appetizer Recipes

Ham and spinach pinwheels 

Italian ham and cheese pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Easy Ham and Cheese Dip.

Ham and Veggie Sushi Rolls

Easy Ham and Asparagus Appetizers

Left over ham recipes

The flavor of ham seems to get better each time it is used. Cut it into chunks for casseroles, use it in slices for sandwiches and wraps, or as toppings for baked potatoes.

Ham and Vegetable Casserole 

Ham Pot Pie in a Cast Iron Skillet

Ham Ranchero

Toasted Cheddar, Ham and Arugula Sandwich

Leftover Ham Soup with Kale, Potatoes & White Beans

Ham for breakfast!30+ Ham Recipes - Appetizers, soup, breakfast and main course ideas.

Eggs and Ham are a traditional breakfast favorite, but there are lots of other ways to incorporate ham into the breakfast menu, too!

Ham and Eggs in Crispy Hash Brown Cups

Chicken, Ham and Swiss Waffles.

Ham and Broccoli Quiche

Ham, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole.

Egg and Ham Savory Breakfast Roll Ups

Ham and Leek Mini Quiche.

Cheese and Ham Breakfast Braid

Make soup with ham

Ham is the perfect protein to add to a soup to give it a rich and decadent flavor.

Split pea and ham soup (guaranteed to bring prosperity in the New Year- or so my grandmother says!)

Instant pot ham white bean soup.

Ham, pea and noodle soup.

Skinny Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup.

Cheesy Chicken and Ham Chowder

If you like this list of over 30 Ham recipes, you will love these roundups!

What is your favorite was to use left over ham?

Pin these ham recipes for later

Would you like a reminder of these ham recipes for glazed spiral ham day? Just pin this image to one of your cooking boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

To learn about more national food days in April, like National Glazed Spiral Ham Day, be sure to watch this YouTube video.

30+ Recipes that use left over ham

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