This cheesy ham dinner gets dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! It’s a one-pot skillet dinner full of veggies like broccoli and a great way to use up leftover ham!
This is the perfect dinner recipe to use up leftover ham. You could buy a ham steak expressly for this meal, but I find that the only time I really cook with ham is when I have leftover Easter (or other holiday) ham.
Typically I throw it in my Puerto Rican rice, or a pot of rice and beans for flavor, but neither of those dishes contain cheese. And I just love ham and cheese. Swiss, Havarti, cheddar or camembert…I love them all!
So one of my go-to meals is this cheesy ham dinner with broccoli and carrots. It’s one of those recipes that use up whatever you have in the fridge.
You can hide a bunch of vegetables in here that picky eaters won’t notice. Since it’s all mixed with a velvety cheddar cheese sauce, it tastes amazing!
The sauce is a snap to make from scratch — no processed food or fake cheese here! And to cut down on calories, I use half milk, half chicken stock. It still comes out creamy, cheesy and delicious.
As far as the cheese goes, I use sharp cheddar for maximum flavor. And I always freshly shred it myself. I’m a cheese purist.
I really think the cheese sauce is the star of this dish, which makes it easy to substitute other ingredients. Don’t have ham? Use cooked pork chops, chicken or go completely meatless!
Not a broccoli or carrot fan? Use cauliflower, peas, spinach or butternut squash. The options are endless!
Basically, use whatever vegetable you have on hand. I hate making a special trip to the grocery store to cook dinner. Hardboiled eggs are another fantastic addition.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can use fresh or frozen vegetables. If you use fresh vegetables, give them a quick steam before adding to the sauce.
We are huge rice eaters, so I like to serve this leftover ham over a bed of rice. Hubby likes to top his with hot sauce for some kick.
It’s also tasty with pasta (your favorite shape), or spooned over baked (or mashed) potatoes, toast or hot biscuits. Another way to use up the leftovers you have on hand!