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03 Apr, 2013

Will they eat it: The Easter Ham Leftovers Edition

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

We had The Most Excellent Ham last weekend. It was the final nail in the coffin for those spongy football-shaped packages of meat one normally finds at the grocery store. This ham was from a Richmond-area butcher shop called Christopher’s Meat Market.

It didn’t require a lot of fixin’ up. Mark mixed up a quick glaze of brown sugar and grainy mustard and slathered it all over before popping it in the oven.

And you know what? I had been a slice away from giving up on ham completely but it came out tasting exactly how ham is supposed to taste.

I had forgotten how much I liked a good n’ proper ham!

Anyway, here’s something I whipped up using some of the leftovers. It comes together very quickly, which makes it the perfect dinner!

  • 1 package lemon-chive fettuccine ribbons from Farm Boy (I think it was about 350g. You can use any kind of pasta but I happened to have this in the pantry. It was fresh and light. Perfect for this kind of dish.)
  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped into 1 cm pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • some leftover ham, cut into bite-sized pieces (Maybe a cup or two? I eyeballed it. Use what ya got!)
  • 4-5 pieces of asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (a bit of zest might be nice in this too!)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to package directions. While it’s boiling, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add green onions and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the ham and asparagus and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the lemon juice and pepper, stirring well to combine.

Toss ham mixture with the pasta. Drizzle with remaining oil and top with parmesan cheese.

Here’s what it looked like when I had it the next day for lunch:

April 2 #dailylunches

I fried a bit of extra ham and asparagus in a pan for a few minutes and dumped some leftover noodles in along with it. And then I lightly fried an egg and served it on top. It was AMAZING.

But the question remains… did THEY EAT IT? As usual the answer is yes and no. Mark liked it. I loved it. One kid ate it and the other picked at it. I still consider 75% a win. That’s why I will make this again.

3 Responses to "Will they eat it: The Easter Ham Leftovers Edition"

1 | Tarah

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:23 pm


Yum! I love (good) ham! And especially love ham leftovers. Sadly my hubby doesn’t like ham so I only get to have it when others make it.

One Easter when we were living in Ottawa we got a local ham from Aubrey’s in Byward Market. It was the most delicious ham I have ever tasted! Bet that’s what this one was like. I feel the exact same way about non-butcher ham. Don’t think I will ever buy one again.

Keep the recipes coming. Love it! :)

2 | Sarah McCormack

April 4th, 2013 at 10:54 am


serious craving for this since i saw it yesterday. serious.

3 | Grace

April 5th, 2013 at 6:36 pm


I love salted ham. Yum.

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