Saturday, May 2, 2015

Comforting Ham & Potato Casserole


This "Meat and Potatoes" casserole is
traditional American comfort food. 


Our family is having company over for dinner tonight. They are young missionaries with hearty appetites, who have been away from home for a while, which means they have been missing out on home-cooked meals. So, I'm cooking homey food that I hope will fill them up.

The rest of my menu is steamed butter & chive carrots seasoned with onion salt and fresh ground pepper and a green jello salad (a corny Utah tradition) with crushed pineapple. For dessert, I'm serving banana pie pudding which is vanilla pudding with lots of fresh bananas and sweetened whipped cream, poured over a graham cracker crust. We usually don't eat this way. But I don't have an issue with it every now and then.

This casserole is a good way to use up leftover ham. It is hearty and delicious. I hope you enjoy it.





Ham & Potato Casserole Recipe:

Serves: 3 

4 T. organic butter
1 small onion, diced
2 1/2 T. flour (or gluten-free flour)
2 c. organic milk
1/4 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion salt
1/2 t. BioSalt or sea salt, totaste
30 grinds fresh black pepper, to taste
3 c. chopped ham
3 c. boiled diced potatoes
1 cup grated cheese, divided


Method:

Brown the onion in the butter.
Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir and saute until it starts to brown.
Slowly stir in milk and gently simmer, with stirring until thickened. Do not boil hard or it may curdle.
Season with garlic, onion salt, salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the ham and potatoes and gently stir to combine.
Add 3/4 c. of the shredded cheese and stir to blend in.
Transfer the mixture to a small baking casserole and sprinkle the top with remaining 1/4 c. cheese.
Cover casserole with a lid or foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until hot.
If you want to bake the casserole later, cover and refrigerate. Bake for 45 minutes, since it is cold.


Tip: This casserole doubles well and will fit into a large casserole dish (I always double the recipe).



Photos of the process:


Prep the the casserole ingredients.

Saute onions in butter.

Add flour to the cooking onions.

Cook the flour and onion mixture to brown and develop more flavor.

Add milk.

Add seasonings.

Cook gently until sauce thickens.

Add the ham.

Blend in the ham.

Add the potatoes and mix in.

Add most of the cheese.

Mix well.

Transfer to a baking casserole.

Top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake in a 350 oven.

The finished casserole along with the sides.

Dinner is served.



Banana Pudding dessert.

The dessert plate.

So dinner was served and the Missionaries were happy. We really enjoy having them over. I sent them home with all of the banana pudding dessert. Like we need to eat more of that!

Enjoy,

Leila.