So if you’re like most people, then your fridge is probably packed with food right now – if you’re lucky you can still open the door without something falling out. What do you do with all this food? In some cases you’re stuck with what you’ve got (mashed potatoes are probably going to stay mashed potatoes; feel free to correct me on this), yet with some things you get a lot more leeway.

Glorious Ham - Full Of Potential

Take ham, for example. Ham is a popular item for the Thanksgiving feast, at least in my household. Undoubtedly we have ham leftover every year (when you make a turkey AND a ham, how could you not?) and undoubtedly we must come up with something to do with said leftover ham. One of the reasons Mom cooks so much is that she enjoys spreading the love, making trips to friends and dispensing it in tasty culinary form. Yet despite her best attempts there is always more food to deal with.

This is a very simple recipe that my sister and I loved when we were growing up, and I’m sure my parents did as well simply because it’s so darn easy to prepare. Leftover ham, noodles, butter – BAM, dinner. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

Ham And Buttered Noodles

Ham and Buttered Noodles
This recipe feeds 2-3 people. Given that you’re already using leftover ham, I wouldn’t recommend making any more than this at one time. It’s so simple; just prepare it as you need it.
4 ounces egg noodles
5 ounces leftover ham; cut into bite size pieces
1-2 tablespoons butter
Small can of corn (optional)

Boil the egg noodles as per the instructions. While the noodles are boiling, cut your ham, trimming away any excess fat. Nuke in the microwave for 30-45 seconds till hot or fry it up in a pan with a little bit of butter. Put in a medium sized bowl. If including corn, strain and microwave for 1 minute.

Once the noodles are ready, strain and add to the bowl of ham. Add one tablespoon of butter, mix until melted and taste. If you want it more Paula Deen style, add a second tablespoon and mix again until melted. And your corn, mix and serve immediately.

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6 Responses to “What To Do With All That Ham – Ham And Buttered Noodles”

  1. This also looks like something that would go well with peas (as opposed to corn). If you were into mixing egg noodles and meat, that is (and you know where I stand on that issue).

  2. Chef Edwin says:

    One day you will learn the folly of your ways, Lindsey. One day you will join me in the promise land of egg noodles!

    Peas are a good idea. I’ll definitely give that a shot since I still have plenty of leftover ham to go through. There are only so many ham sandwiches a guy can make, you know?

  3. Haha, apparently you have two Lindsey commentators. I just wanted to refute your mashed potatoes staying mashed potatoes. You could make potato latkes with them or croquets. Both delicious alternatives. (This is Morgan’s sister, by the way).

  4. Mmm.. croquettes! I love those, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually tried to make them. To the batcave, Edwin!

  5. Chef Edwin says:

    Hmmm, I’ve actually been looking at some cauliflour mashed potato recipes. Perhaps there is potential for a two parter here…

  6. Joanna says:

    i love buttered noodles!! my aunt would make them for me when i would go to her house as a kid. i called them “noonies.”