Ham-Bean Scallop (OAMC)

Recipe by TishT
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READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
SERVES: 24
YIELD: 4 trays
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Line four 8x8x2-inch baking pans with heat-resistant freezer wrap.
  • Allow enough extra wrap to fold over top.
  • Use one pan for each six servings or one-fourth of the recipe.
  • Do not line pans for food to be served without freezing.
  • Add beans to boiling water; return to boiling.
  • Boil beans 2 minutes;then soak beans 1 hour (or overnight, if preferred).
  • Add salt to beans.
  • Cook beans slowly until tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Drain; save cooking liquid.
  • Cook onion and green pepper in fat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in flour and mustard.
  • Add enough milk to the reserved bean liquid to make 1 1/2 quarts.
  • Add the bean liquid and milk slowly to the vegetable mixture.
  • Cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in beans, cheese, and ham.
  • Pour one-fourth of mixture into each baking pan.
  • Pack food tightly to avoid air pockets.
  • TO SERVE WITHOUT FREEZING: Preheat oven to 375F.
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  • Mix 1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs with 1 Tbs melted butter or margarine for each pan which will not be frozen.
  • Sprinkle topping over bean mixture in baking pan.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned.
  • TO FREEZE: Cool for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Complete wrapping by pulling paper up over top of food.
  • Put edges of wrap together and fold several times so paper lies directly on top of food.
  • Fold ends of freezer wrap over the top and seal with freezer tape.
  • Label with name of food, date of freezing, and last date the food should be used for best eating quality (about 6 months).
  • Freeze immediately for 10 to 12 hours before removing packages from the pans.
  • TO HEAT FROZEN FOOD: Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Remove freezer wrap.
  • Place food in baking pan.
  • Mix 1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs with 1 Tbs melted butter or margarine for each pan.
  • Sprinkle topping over bean mixture in baking pan.
  • Bake 1 1/2 hours or until edges are bubbly, crumbs are lightly browned, and center is hot.
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