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Our Favorite Bean Recipes For Leftover Holiday Ham

A big, juicy ham is a traditional favorite for the holidays, not only because it’s the centerpiece of a great meal, but also because the leftovers are a good basis for several more meals. The savory, smoky ham bone can enrich soups, stews, and – of course – red beans. Chopped ham adds protein and richness to all kinds of bean dishes – from breakfast to dinner. Ham also freezes beautifully, and it’s helpful to have on hand to add to your favorite recipes.

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You can add chopped ham or a ham bone to almost any bean recipe – substituting for a ham hock if you like less intense flavor – but here are a few we think you’ll enjoy:

Slow Cooker Baby Limas with Ham

Baby limas cook up tender and sweet and pair nicely with the saltiness of chopped ham.

Slow Cooker Baby Limas with Ham

Slow Cooker Baby Limas with Ham

Slow Cooker Lima Beans and Ham

This one couldn’t be easier – and using a slow cooker makes the lima beans especially creamy.

Slow Cooker Lima Beans and Ham

Slow Cooker Lima Beans and Ham

Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup is served in the dining room of the United States Senate every day, in a tradition that dates to the early 20th century.

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Great Northern Beans & Ham

Great Northern Beans & Ham is a favorite from Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, and its wonderful flavor comes from the use of both a ham bone and diced ham.

Southern Blackeye Peas

Our classic Southern Blackeye Peas recipe gets its great taste by starting with a savory base of diced ham and chopped bacon.

Sawyer’s Yellow Split Pea Soup

Split peas and ham is a delicious combination, found in cuisines all over the world.

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