Ham and Cheese Scones are an easy, simple, family-favorite way to use up leftover ham! This scone recipe is a drop scone recipe that is not fussy like a traditional scone recipe. There's no fear of overworking the dough here. Just light and fluffy scones each and every time!
Ice Cream Scoop (#8), 1/4 measuring cup or 4 oz serving Spoon - for dropping the dough
2cupsAll-purpose flour(240 grams)
2tspSugarOptional. [See Notes]
4tbspButtermelted [See Notes]
1cupMilk whole, part-skim (2%), or Buttermilk [See Notes]
1cupCheeseshredded [ See Notes]
2wholeGreen onions (Scallions)[See Notes]
1tbspParsley, Italianfreshly minced [See Notes]
1tbspChivesfreshly chopped [See notes]
1cupHamchopped fine [See Notes]
1tspSaltmore or less to taste
1/4tspGround black pepper
Preheat oven to 425°F/218°C. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside
Into a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Then add the ground black pepper, garlic powder, parsley, chives, green onions (scallions), melted butter and milk. Stir together just until a soft dough forms. Add the cheese and ham and stir until incorporated. Note:The dough will be sticky and wet. This is normal.
Using a #8 (4 oz) triggered ice cream scoop (standard size) or 1/4 cup measuring cup, portion out 8 level scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Do this by scraping the excess dough from the scoop either with a butter knife or by scraping the open edge of the scoop across the inside edge of the mixing bowl.
Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Note: A toothpick inserted into the middle of the scone should come out clean. If read by a digital thermometer, the center of the scone should read 205°F (96 °C). If they are still a little doughy, return them to the oven and bake 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Serving Suggestions: Breakfast - These ham and cheese scones make a great breakfast on the go. For this, we typically bake them the night before for a quick morning breakfast on the way to the office or road trip.Brunch - Serve warm on a brunch buffet. Lunch - Serve warm with a tossed salad.Snacks - These make a great mid-morning or afternoon snack or pick-me-up.Appetizer - Prepare smaller 2 oz biscuits for a sun appetizer. Serve warm with butter. Adjust the baking time to 12-15 minutes.Soup - Serve alongside Baked Potato Soup or Chicken Soup, or Clam chowder for a hearty meal.
Storage - See recipe notes for storage and freezing Suggestions.
Sugar - ordinary white cane sugar is what we use in this recipe but you can opt for honey, maple syrup, or your preferred sugar substitute. For a sugar-free scone, omit the sugar altogether.
Butter - Either salted or unsalted butter is acceptable for this recipe. Since this is a drop scone recipe, we use melted butter. For a more traditional cut scone recipe, you would use super cold, grated butter. No-fuss here!
Milk - many recipes call for buttermilk which imparts a certain tanginess to the scone, it's easy to make ham and cheese scones without buttermilk, too. Simply substitute whole or part-skim (2%) milk in place of buttermilk. In this recipe, we use whole milk. Note: I have not tested this recipe with soy, oat, coconut, or nut milk. If you do, please let me know how it turns out.
Cheese - the perfect cheese for this recipe is really up to you. Your favorite cheese will always taste the best in any recipe. For this recipe, we prefer a sharp cheddar. The bold flavor stands up to the flavors of the ham and herbs instead of shrinking into the background. Also, we grate our cheese from a block cheese rather than the prepackaged shredded cheese because we find it to be more flavorful. Other suitable options include Swiss cheese, gruyere cheese, aged Irish cheddar. For a spicy kick to your savory scone recipe, try jalapeno or habanero Jack.
Ham - finely diced, this is a great way to use up some leftover ham from your holiday dinner. If you don't have leftover ham, you can use cubed ham from the grocery. It is typically sold in 16-oz packages in the meat department alongside the ham steaks. Other savory scone flavors- swap in bacon crumbles, smoked sausage, or diced turkey. For a vegetarian cheese scone, omit the meat without substitution.
Fresh herbs - Parsley, green onions (scallions), or chives - the flavor of fresh herbs make these scones pop. I prefer green onions (also called scallions) for the bright, bold flavor they provide. Chives have a more mild flavor that can be less discernable amongst the other bold flavors. I always add a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley just for the brightness and freshness in flavor it brings to the scone.
How to Store Scones.
Store cooled scones in a refrigerator-safe storage container or food-grade zip-top bag. Wait until they have cooled completely to store them. Otherwise, condensation droplets will form inside the storage container or bag. See below for freezing instructions.
Do Ham and Cheese Scones need to be refrigerated?
Yes. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), all perishable foods, including scones, are not safe to eat after sitting at room temperature overnight. This rule holds true whether your scones have meat in them or not.
Can scones be frozen?
Absolutely. You can store both baked and unbaked scones in the freezer. Baked scones will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer and you can reheat them within minutes in the oven or the microwave.
If freezing raw, follow the recipe instructions straight through to portioning them out on the baking sheet, then flash freeze them on the sheet pan in your freezer. Once fully frozen, remove from parchment and place in a zip-top bag for up to 1 month.They do not need to be defrosted before baking. Uncooked scones go from the freezer right into the oven. A slight adjustment to the baking time of 2 to 3 minutes may be required.