Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake

by Lana Stuart on February 18, 2010 · 18 comments

Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake

It has been an interesting week around our house! Last Friday we got about 4 inches of snow. I know to some of you 4 inches of snow is nothing. However, for anywhere in Georgia that’s a lot. Needless to say, it shut down everything around here. Roads closed, schools closed, stores closed. I mean it really shut down. BeeBop and I had weekend plans to go to Savannah for a few days since we were both off work on Monday. We had every intention of getting up and starting out early on Saturday morning, but Mother Nature had different ideas. That beautiful blanket of snow that fell on Friday had turned to one huge, slick piece of ice by Saturday. So, after several hours of shoveling, salting and cat littering, BeeBop got the driveway in shape so that we could drive down it without winding up in our across-the-street-neighbors’ living room and off we went. The first hour of the drive was just a little harrowing. Between our house and downtown Atlanta we saw 18 wrecks or spin-outs. Whew.

We did make it to Savannah without any incidents and had a really great time there. So many beautiful, historic things to see and great places to eat. Can’t wait until we can go back again!

The night before we left on our little weekend excursion, I made an old favorite casserole. It’s this cheesy ham and potato bake. It’s another one of those recipes that’s great for using up leftovers. And what’s not to like about the combination of cheese, potatoes, and ham?

1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 lb ham, diced
6 cups diced cooked potatoes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350.

Begin by chopping the onion and parsley and cubing the potatoes. If you have leftover baked potatoes, they work great for this dish. I didn’t have any, so I microwaved six small baking potatoes, peeled and cubed them.

Saute the onion in butter until it is tender but not browned. Blend in the flour, salt, mustard, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste.

Now gradually add the milk. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened. Add 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and stir until melted.

Add the ham, potatoes and parsley. I used one of those 8 oz. packages of diced ham they have in the grocery stores now. Those packages are a wonderful thing. You don’t have to wait until you have a little bit of leftovers to make a dish like this and you don’t even have to bother with chopping the ham yourself. Great stuff. Stir well to combine, being careful not to break up the potatoes too much.

Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake
 
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A great way to use up leftover ham and potatoes - combine them with potatoes and cheese! A family favorite.
Ingredients
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • ½ lb ham, diced
  • 6 cups diced cooked potatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Saute onion in butter until tender.
  3. Blend in flour, salt, mustard, and pepper.
  4. Gradually add milk. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  5. Add 1½ cups of the cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Add ham and potatoes. Stir well to combine.
  7. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish.
  8. Top with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kay February 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I’ll be right over! :)

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2 jenn (Bread + Butter) February 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Ham, potatoe and cheese. What’s not to love? Seriously.

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3 Neena February 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Looks good especially for a cold day. Where are the daily pictures? I miss them.

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4 Pam February 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

This looks so very good. I was planning on starting a diet next week. But…I think I have to make this first!

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5 Louise February 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I’ll be right behind Kay!!!

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6 Gaby February 21, 2010 at 4:05 am

Dear Neverenoughtthyme, where are the kids who offer to shovel your driveway for 5 dollars when you need them? Your cheesy ham and potato bake are an amazing idea!!!! “Wild Thing”, you make my heart sing! Loved and saved this recipe. I shall revisit you soon. Thank you for sharing.
Cheers, Gaby
You can always visit me at http://ptsaldari.posterous.com.

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7 Yesim October 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

woow.. it seems really so good.. already if a food includes potato and cheese i d never ever say no:)

http://yesimstylekitchen.blogspot.com/

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8 Uncle J January 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I discovered today that this is a great recipe for using the rest of the holiday ham. The kids love it!

Thanks,

Uncle J

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9 Lana January 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

So glad! That’s a really good one for kids. Cheese, potatoes, ham…what’s not to like?

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10 Caitlin January 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I just made this today and it’s all I can do to stop my husband from eating the whole thing. Talk about a great way to use up leftover ham! Thank you so much!!

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11 Lana January 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Caitlin – yes, this is a great recipe for leftovers! Kids really love it, too.

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12 Sara June 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My Daughter-In-Law (like my own daughter) found this recipe and made it one evening as I could not be home to make my usual recipe, let me tell you…I have never tasted such a wonderful ham, onion, potato and cheese casserole in my life…the flavor is absolutely wonderful, needless to say, my OLD recipe went by the way side, we searched and searched to find this recipe again…prayers are answered! :)

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13 Marianna November 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Great recipe. I substituted rice and broccoli for the potatoes and it turned out great!

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14 dawn g January 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

found this recipe while searching for something new for leftover ham-made it right after Christmas and my family loved it! making it again tonight and using ham steaks-thanks!

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15 Lana January 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I’m so glad your family liked it, Dawn. Thanks for letting me know!

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16 jomebrew February 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks. We made this last night. Came out great. Used My Fitness Pal to calculate the nutritional info.

Serves 8
– Substituted flour for Bob’s Gluten Free Flour
338 calories per serving
30 Carbs
17 grams fat
17 grams protein

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