Leftover Love

Have you ever thought of a way to spice up boring leftovers? Me, too. So, I thought I’d share my leftover makeover with you. Enjoy!

On the Bite Tonight: Leftover Ham

Whenever I cook a baked ham or spiral ham I love making fried rice with the leftovers. It’s little tedious, but it’s so worth it.

Here’s the recipe: 

Prepare 1-2 cups of rice per package directions. Set aside to cool (spread out on a plate).

Dice fresh veggies. My favorites are scallions (green onions), carrots, peas (no need to dice), white onion. 

Tip: Pineapple is a good option as well. Pairs well with the ham.

Dice ham. The thicker the cut the better for nice ham chunks.

Scramble three eggs and set aside.

Saute ham and veggies for a couple minutes in butter.

Add rice and eggs and 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce allow to brown for a couple minutes.

Stir all ingredients together until rice takes on brown color from sauce. Add more sauce as desired.

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What goes well with Ham Fried Rice?

Teriyaki Burger, of course! I know what you’re thinking and Yes, it’s not a ham burger, but still delicious nonetheless (Hey, it’s already leftover ham, let’s not over do it)! A little, American meets Asian, if you will 

Marinate hamburger patty in a little teriyaki sauce and garlic.

Cook as desired and add a dash of teriyaki while grilling to add a nice crusty, caramelization.

ham fried rice

 

I first fell in love with ham fried rice @ Cathay House Chinese restaurant in high school. You might think it’s a weird combination, but in my opinion, it’s the best fried rice out there. Good thing Cathay House just re-opened after a fire. Stop in @ the Lincoln Park location and try it out.

Another go to leftover ham idea is Grilled Cheese. I love it, because the possibilities are endless.

I sauteed ham first to get a little color on it. Then grilled with Muenster cheese and pickles. Yum!

grilledcheese

Tip: With Easter right around the corner, these recipes are a great go to!  Try em and let me know what you think. You’re welcome.

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