Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
I got this recipe from my MIL- it's easy, filling and delicious- great for cool nights. Can be made with leftover ham or with a thick chunk of deli ham. Feel free to experiment with the amount of cheese (I often add more) and the type- I've been meaning to try it with swiss.
- 1 1⁄2 cups cubed cooked ham
- 3 cups cubed cooked potatoes
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 small minced onion
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 cup at least grated cheddar cheese
- breadcrumbs, to top
- Place the ham and potatoes into a 1.5 qt baking dish. Set aside.
- Melt 3 tbs butter in pan, add onion and cook till clear.
- Blend in flour and milk and stir until thickened.
- Pour over potatoes and ham.
- Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs, and dot with butter.
- Bake at 400* for 20 minutes.
This was a great way to use up leftover ham. I sliced the potatoes & layered everything. I omitted the breadcrumbs because my kids aren't fans. I used raw potatoes & cooked it twice as long to cook the potatoes. The salt from the ham gave this so much flavour! It was delicious!
My mother used to make this when I was a kid. It has always been one of my favorites - my family agrees, too. I do not use a chopped onion though; I put some onion flakes in and while it bakes it gives it a slight onion flavor. I also do not use breadcrumbs/butter on top; just lots and lots of shredded cheddar! I also put a hefty amount of black pepper in with the sauce as it thickens.
This is a great casserole! It is really comforting during the cold winter months, but I would also enjoy it any time. I probably used about 4 cups cubed (quite large cubes) and slightly more than 2 cups of ham. I also added 1 cup of the grated cheddar cheese to the sauce before pouring it over the ham and potatoes. I also added some freshly ground black pepper to the sauce. I baked mine for 20 minutes and then added the additional cheese and breadcrumbs to the top before baking for another 20 minutes. The potatoes turned out nicely browned. Thanks for sharing this keeper.