Ham and Potato Casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole

I had some left over deli ham and I was wondering, “what can I make besides the usual egg dish? I began surfing the web and found a lot of recipes. This is one that is a combination of few in which I customized into my own. I love that there are so many great recipes you can find online and with just a little bit of creativity, you can come up with a recipe that is your own. So, I encourage you to surf the web looking up recipes and then add your own flair to it!

When my 14 year old daughter (Shannon) saw this finished meal, she said to me (with her disgusted look) “no thanks Mom, what else can I have?” Ugh! I remember the days growing up when your mom gave you dinner, you ate it! There were no other options. You either eat or don’t eat. Actually, I remember some times my Dad (God rest his soul) making me sit at the table and I had to have at least three bites or I could not leave the table. I said to Shannon, “just try it, add some hot sauce if you want.” Yes, she is a hot sauce freak! She will put it on pretty much anything. After much debate, I got her to try it with the hot sauce and she said “wow, this is really good.” I made her repeat that three times. :) Hmmm….maybe I can get her to try more things, if I just mention “put hot sauce on it.”

Anyway, this is a great recipe in which you can add any other ingredients; peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage. Be creative! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients:

4 Cups diced cooked potatoes
1 3/4 Cups diced ham
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 Cups milk
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & Pepper

Combine potatoes and ham, transfer to a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter; blend in flour until smooth and bubbly.

Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Stir in shredded cheese and paprika.

Season sauce with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.

Pour over ham mixture.

Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

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