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Ham and Cheese Monkey Bread – Perfect for using up leftover holiday ham or great as a party appetizer for the holiday dinner!
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This is the last day of November! December is literally going to be hitting us in the face tomorrow and Christmas EVERYTHING is going to be happening EVERYWHERE. Even though December and all things Christmas are almost here, I’m betting that you might still have a few leftovers in the fridge (or freezer) from Thanksgiving!
A lot of our side dish items are almost all gone but I know we still have a ton of ham that we’ve got to use up or stick in the freezer. I’d prefer it if we used up the ham though because while our apartment is fantastic, we don’t have our deep freezer here and our little freezer can only be packed with so much food.
We always have way too much food around the house during the holidays.
Even before Thanksgiving gets here I feel like our kitchen and pantry are plum full with preparations for the holidays. recipe testing ingredients and cozy comfort foods.
One of those items that we had on hand before and during the holidays was a Hormel Cure 81 Bone-in Spiral Sliced Cherrywood Ham.
Ham is perfect on it’s own with a couple of sides, it makes for the perfect ham and cheese grilled cheese sandwich for our lunches at work and the leftovers can last forever by throwing them into all sorts of dishes.
So when we slipped into Walmart to grab some things I needed for Thanksgiving day preparations we scooted over to the hams and tossed one into the buggie.
I just knew that we would have enough for us to eat on and some to take for Thanksgiving but it was so good that we ended up having to get another ham for Thanksgiving dinner.
Now I’m totally ok with eating ham as it is but I always love tossing it into other meals.
So while I was making a little list of different recipes to make with the leftover ham I remembered this Ham and Cheese Monkey Bread! It’s been a while since I’ve made monkey bread but I knew that it would be perfect for using up some of the ham we had at the house.
It’s pretty much a monkey bread take on one of my favorite sandwiches, a grilled ham and cheese!
This monkey bread can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner. Yes, we’ve totally had it for all three meals.
It’s also perfect if you’re working to feed a crowd during the holidays or right afterwards without having to stand over the stove and make everyone an individual meal. Just think about how perfect this Ham and Cheese Monkey Bread would be for a weekend lunch, a Christmas brunch or a get together with friends to watch your favorite team play!
So like I said before, we went with the Hormel Cure 81 Bone-in Spiral Sliced Cherrywood Ham.
You’ll need to follow the directions on the package for cooking/heating up the ham because the amount of time you’ll need to heat it in the oven will depend on the size and such of the ham.
Once the ham is cooked/heated up you’re ready to eat it as is, store some for later or create this monkey bread!
You’re going to need about 64 pieces/small cubes of ham, about 128 pieces/small cubes of cheese, 16 refrigerated biscuits (un-cooked), and a little bit of cooking spray. You’re also going to need some butter, garlic powder and dried basil to drizzle over the monkey bread once we’ve baked it.
So this is how we’re going to make this Ham and Cheese Monkey Bread:
Place 2 pieces of cheese and 1 piece of ham into the center of a piece of biscuit.
You can leave it with the browned part up but I think it looks better and sits better on the plate if you flip it over.
So of course you can leave it like that and be done with everything but I love to add a little extra touch to it.
Melt a stick of butter and whisk in the garlic powder and basil.
Drizzle the butter over the hot monkey bread.
Now it’s time to eat! Serve this Ham and Cheese Monkey Bread hot/warm for the best flavor but it can certainly be served at room temperature.
It’s like a perfectly browned little garlic butter roll stuffed full of tasty ham and melting cheese.
It really is a “shareable” grilled ham and cheese sandwich!
Be sure to check out more delicious ham recipes at Cure81HolidayHam.com. I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to use leftovers during the holidays? How do you use up all of the leftover ham in your house?