An easy recipe for cheesy potato casserole! It’s perfect for making for parties and using leftover ham from the holidays! Need something quicker than a casserole? Eat one of these easy 30 minute meals instead!
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We usually serve ham at most holiday get-togethers. And there is always lots of leftovers! Instead of eating reheated ham for several days in a row post-holiday dinner, we use some of the remaining ham and make this cheesy potato casserole dish!
When we have this I usually prep it in the morning before work. It’s very easy to prepare before you run out in the morning and you simply pop it into the oven when you get home in the evening!
The casserole is equal parts of cheesy potatoes and ham. Simply add as much ham as you have available. This casserole makes enough to fill a 13″ x 9″ Pyrex dish. You will be able to take advantage of dinner leftovers for lunch the next day! [Here is my favorite trick for never wasting dinner again]
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How To Make Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
Prep Your Ingredients
When you make this, melt the butter in the largest bowl you have so that you have space when adding the ingredients! It took me a few tries to figure out that the bowl I kept using was never going to be large enough. Now, I automatically go for the largest bowl tucked away on the shelf.
Assemble Your Casserole
Layer on half of the potato casserole mixture and then top it with the ham. You could mix the ham into the casserole bowl, however, you run the risk of mashing the potatoes too much.
All ready to go for the second half of the potatoes and cheese!
Bake Your Casserole
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Tools Needed to Make Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
- Chef Knife ( I love my Henckels!)
- Silicon Spatula
- Pyrex Baking Dish
- Mixing Bowl (Always a Pyrex fan)
Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions we’ve received over the years about this comfort food casserole.
Can I Add In Vegetables?
Absolutely! You could mix in sliced mushrooms, green beans, yellow onions, or green peppers.
Can I Make This Without The Ham?
Yes, this cheesy potato casserole is great as a Thanksgiving or Easter side dish! We’ve been known to bring it to potlucks because it serves so many!
Can I Make This Ahead of Time?
Yes. Prior to baking, store it in your refrigerator. Bake the casserole when you’re ready, making sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. This may mean that you are baking it for an extra 10-15 minutes.
Can I Use Shredded Hashbrowns?
Yes! Substitute in one bag of thawed shredded hash browns in lieu of the cubed potatoes. Keep the bake time and directions the same.
Can I Use Sharp Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese?
Yes, you can absolutely substitute your preferred cheese.
How Can I Make This Spicier?
You can serve it with Tobasco, your favorite hot sauce, or Chipotle Tabasco to give it some extra heat. If you would like additional seasoning, you could sprinkle Seasoned Salt or fresh black pepper to taste when mixing the potatoes and cheese together.
Need more heat? Add 1/4 of sliced green chilies to your potato mixture!
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. We haven’t tested this as a freezer recipe.
Did you forget to plan dinner? No sweat! With my pantry staples cheat sheet!
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 - 32 oz bag of Diced Hashbrown Potatoes, , thawed
- 1 can of Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
- 2 cups of sour cream
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- Approx. 2 cups of leftover ham, , cut to preferred size.
- (Any extra toppings such as onions, mushrooms, or scallions)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt butter in microwave in large bowl.
- Pour in potatoes, coat well.
- Mix in condensed soup, sour cream, and cheese.
- Spread one half of the potato mixture on bottom of 13 x 9 casserole dish.
- Top the layer with ham.
- Spread remaining potato mixture over the ham.
- Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
- Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes before serving.