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One-Pan Ham & Cheese Melts

Guy loves his cooking magazines, and recently picked up a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens’ One-Pan Recipes in the check-out lane. The cover of the magazine featured this pan of ham and cheese melts, made with Hawaiian rolls, brushed with melted butter, chopped shallots, parsley, and garlic, and browned until melty and delicious. We made them for a weeknight dinner and then spotted them at the book club holiday party – they’re really great for any occasion.

Yield: 12 sliders

Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash & Ham

This recipe was a bit ambitious for a weeknight in our house, but is a winning combination of creamy farro and Parmesan cheese, grated butternut squash, and (perfect for holiday leftovers) diced ham. Farro contains the same amount of calories as rice, but more fiber and protein, so it’s a great nutritional choice.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour

Guy & Leo’s Ham & Egg Cups

Including small kids in meal preparation is a great way to pass on healthy eating habits and to foster a sense of family. Leo loves to watch and help us cook (and has always loved to crack eggs), so this is a great recipe for him.

Guy helps him line muffin tins with sliced ham, add cheese, crack an egg into each cup, and top with halved cherry tomatoes. The cups bake for 20 minutes and are a delicious breakfast.

(Kids may prefer that their eggs be scrambled in the cups.)

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes

Guy’s Slow Cooker Cuban Sandwiches

Layer slow-cooked shredded pork, Swiss cheese, ham, pickles, onions, and mustard on hoagie rolls for a hearty dinner.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings Total time: 7 hours

Slow Cooker Ham Bone & Beans

Simmer onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, and a ham bone in broth in the slow cooker for hours.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total time: 8 hours

Lynne’s Sausage & Potato Soup

Comfort food is easily accomplished on a weeknight with this soup of Italian sausage, ham, and potatoes.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Terri’s Baked Ham

Terri made this ham for a dinner party one year. Long after we had each had seconds and thirds, we ended up just standing around in the kitchen eating it off of the roasting pan with our fingers. I tried to recreate it that year for Easter, but it fell just a tad short of Terri’s.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Chicken Fricassee with Orzo

Brown chicken in butter. Add onions, carrots, ham, and garlic. Simmer in broth and wine, and finish with heavy cream. Serve over hot orzo.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Potatoes & Ham

Sautéed onion and bell pepper, ham, and potatoes are baked into a delicious side dish.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ham and Potato Casserole

Layer ham, potato slices, and onion in a dish, cover with cream sauce, and bake until bubbly.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes