One of my favorite parts of cooking a large cut of meat with several side items is re-inventing meals with the leftovers. When I roast a whole chicken, I use the leftover shredded chicken for quesadillas or salads. After slow cooking a pork shoulder, the leftovers turn into tacos, burrito bowls, soup, and more.
When I fixed a smoked bone-in ham last month, I made a batch of skillet cornbread and homemade pinto beans for serving on the side. Ham & white beans is one of my all time favorite comfort food meals.
I could nosh on this fare for days with no problem, but I knew the boyfriend (who isn't big on cornbread or beans) would grow tired of it quickly. And since a girl can only eat so much cornbread on her own, I devised a plan to use up my leftovers in a new way--pot pie!
This recipe uses the same base as my other two chicken pot pie recipes, the only difference being the meat and topping. Normally when I make pot pies in my cast-iron skillet, I bake a batch of homemade cheesy garlic biscuits to use as a topping (I did this recently with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving), but in this case I needed to use up my leftover cornbread.
Hey, it was less work for me, and it tasted great!
Leftover Ham Pot Pie Recipe with a Cheesy Cornbread Crust
Need a creative way to use up leftover ham? Fix an ultra comforting pot pie recipe! This frugal dish uses homemade skillet cornbread as the crust, which is then topped with shredded cheddar cheese for extra flavor. Hidden beneath the crust are salty ham pieces, carrots, celery, and potatoes in a sauce comprised of homemade chicken stock, white wine, milk and butter. A touch of thyme and garlic powder brings everything together.
Adapted from Cast-Iron Chicken Pot Pie with a Cheesy Garlic Biscuit Crust
Leftover homemade cornbread, cubed
Turn off the burner and top the filling with the cubed cornbread pieces, spreading them in an even layer. Top the cornbread with the shredded cheese and place in the oven, uncovered. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the cheese is melted.
- As the veggies and filling cooks, the sauce thickens up quite a bit. If you like a saucier pot pie recipe, simply increase the chicken stock and milk by 1/2 a cup each and adjust the seasonings as needed.
I'd like to hear from YOU!
What's your favorite way to re-use leftover ham in a recipe?
Don't miss a post! Want my real food recipes, kitchen tutorials, DIY crafts, and healthy living articles (like this) delivered straight to your inbox? Click here to sign up for free email updates!
Keep Reading! More Posts From The Rising Spoon:
- Homemade Baked Potato Soup with Bacon & Smoked Ham Hocks
- Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Green Chiles
- Five Tips for Transitioning to a Real Food Lifestyle
- Easy Tex-Mex Grass-Fed Beef Chili
- DIY Smelly Odor Knockout Spray with Essential Oils