|Homemade Ham and Cheese Calzones|
Anyone who knows my sweet hubby also knows he is a ham freak. That man could devour an entire ham in one meal if allowed to do so. ;) It is his ultimate comfort food. Knowing this, and wanting to bless him with many meals from that ham, we had "the talk". Yes, "the talk". It consisted of me telling him that although I know he loves his ham, I can make it so that he can enjoy it for longer IF he will limit himself to a reasonable serving (including seconds) at the first meal and then let me work my magic with it. So this is how I stretched a smallish ham into many meals for the two of us.
Meal #1: Sliced ham, chipotle mashed potatoes, applesauce
Meals #2, 3 and 4: I used the broth from the ham (I had cooked it in the crockpot) and made a big batch of split pea soup (again in the crockpot). Meal #4 is being frozen to have later.
Meal #5: Ham sandwiches with sliced ham and pickles.
Meal #6: Made ham and celery salad and had that on bagels.
Meal #7: Using the rest of the ham salad and adding some cheese to make ham and cheese calzones (made with homemade pizza dough). I would like to think I could get 2 meals out of this but my hubby has been working hard today on a remodeling project so I think he may finish them off in one meal.
I love being able to stretch our budget and all that hammy goodness with the meal plan above. When our boys were still living at home, I would do something similar with a larger ham. I was feeding not only our family of 5, but lots of their friends as well, so I quickly learned to make things go a long way.