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Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole

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If you are looking for a way to use up those Christmas ham leftovers – I have the perfect, delicious recipe! This cheesy ham and potato recipe is easy and filling. It is a great comfort food for those days after Christmas when you just want a simple meal.

Cheesy Ham and potato casserole, easy one dish supper for Christmas leftovers!


I know how it is to host a crowd for the holidays – after the big Christmas rush, you just want to kick back and relax, but then – you still need to make meals! With this casserole, you can use up the leftover ham, add a bag of frozen hash browns, and a few other items and there ya go! Just pop it in the oven and you have a hearty, yet simple meal.

Tips: 
– You can use any kind of frozen potatoes, with peppers and onion, plain, shredded, cubed, etc.
– I live at a high altitude. You may not need to bake it as long as I did. Just start watching it at 40 minutes.
– You can use less cheese if you want.
– Salt is optional. If your ham is really salty, you may not need as much, if any.
– It will be pretty runny when you get it out of the oven. Let it set a few minutes before serving.
– If you don’t want to use cream of chicken soup, you can use white sauce. Recipe here.

Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole, perfect for christmas leftovers. Easy, one-dish meal.

 

Dice up some bell peppers (I used those mini ones, because that’s what I had in the fridge!), and dice a half of an onion.
I loved using my sharp paring knife from Southern Kitchen! It made the dicing super easy. And it has a smooth handle – no sharp edge between handle and blade. That is my pet peeve with paring knives! ALL my paring knives have it. But not this knife! This has become my go-to paring knife, because it has a smooth handle-to-blade transition. (yes, I am picky about my knives!)
I used some turkey ham for this recipe, but I will probably make it again after Christmas, using my leftover ham.

This recipe makes a great potluck dish, also. Just put it in a slow cooker for 4 hours on high.

Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole, perfect for using christmas leftovers! Easy, one-dish meal.

Slice up some ham – leftover ham works great – cut the slices in strips, then cut the strips into squares.

I have been using these Cangshan series knives for a while, now, and they are amazing. Their weight is balanced perfectly, so it is a pleasure to use them. You know how some knives are just nicer to use? You reach for that knife over and over? Well, I have been reaching for these knives first. They just fit nice in my hand, which makes them fun to use. Plus, they are sharp! They sliced smoothly through the ham, no sawing needed.

Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole, perfect for using christmas leftovers! Easy, one-dish meal.

Place the potatoes in a bowl, add all the remaining ingredients, and stir well. I just use frozen potatoes, but you can dice leftover baked potatoes, too.

Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole, perfect for using christmas leftovers! Easy, one-dish meal.Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole, perfect for using christmas leftovers! Easy, one-dish meal.

Spread mixture in a greased 9×13 or similar size baking dish. Bake for 40-50 minutes. (60-70 minutes if you live above 5,000 ft elevation) I like to add a small handful of cheese to the top for the last 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole, perfect for using christmas leftovers! Easy, one-dish meal.Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole, perfect for using christmas leftovers! Easy, one-dish meal.

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Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole recipe, perfect for christmas leftover ham!
The knives I used for this recipe are the Cangshan TC Series 3-Piece Starter Knife Set + Wood Sheaths. They are sleek, modern, and oh, so sharp! I chose the 8 inch chef’s knife for dicing the ham, and the 3.5 inch paring knife for the peppers. There is also a 5 inch serrated utility knife included in the set. I like to use it for tomatoes and more.

The knives come with beautiful wooden sheaths that protect the blades. The sheaths are magnetic, so the knives stick to them, plus, you can stick them on the fridge or your magnetic knife strip for storage. I was excited when I saw that the sheaths were magnetic, just ask my husband, haha!
I really enjoy using these knives, they make meal prep fun! You can go to their store to find them.

Southern Kitchen Knife set, sharp, beautiful, sleek, modern.

I love how the sheaths are magnetic! SO handy!

Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
 
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 bag frozen hash browns (21 oz)
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • ¼ cup diced bell peppers, optional
  • ½ onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (opt: plus ½ cup for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, optional
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, mix well.
  2. Spread in a 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Bake at 375 for 40-60 minutes. Start checking at 40 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with ½ cup shredded cheese during last 5 minutes. (optional)
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

 

11 Delicious Beef Recipes for a Crowd

Ranch cooking is usually centered around beef recipes. And often – crowd-sized! I have to double or triple most recipes, when I am feeding the cowboys! I decided to go searching for all the beef recipes for a crowd that I could find, and compile them in one place for us ranch wives. :) Hopefully this will help simplify your meal-planning, the next time you need to feed a bunch of cowboys.11 delicious beef recipes for a crowd.

The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes for a Crowd

Here is a recipe from Dinner Then Dessert: Slow Cooker Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Serves 10


The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes For a Crowd

Here is a large batch of sloppy joes from Shaken Together Life: Big Batch Sloppy Joes For a Crowd.
No serving size stated, but I would guess it makes 20-25 sandwiches.

The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes for a crowd.

Here is a roast beef recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook: Roast Beef For a Crowd.
Serves 20-25 people.

The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes for a Crowd

A fun appetizer from Host The Toast: French Onion Beef Sliders.
Makes 24 sliders.

The Ultimate list of beef recipes for a crowd.

Easy beef recipe from Owl Haven: BBQ Beef Meatballs for a crowd.
Serves 24.

The Ultimate list of Beef Recipes for a Crowd

This looks wonderful for cold weather!  From Thriving Home Blog: Crowd-Pleaser Mexican Soup.
Serves 10-12.

The Ultimate list of beef recipes for a crowd.

Here is a big chili recipe from Allrecipes: Boilermaker Tailgate Chili.
Serves 22.

The Ultimate List of Beef recipes for a crowd.

This taco soup looks delicious!! from At Home With The Barkers: Easy Crowd-pleaser Taco Soup.
No serving size mentioned; I would guess around 8-10. Doubles easily.

The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes for a crowd.

These beef sandwiches would be a hit, from Aunt Bee’s Recipes: Hot Roast Beef & Cheese.
Serves 8.

The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes for a Crowd

More delicious sandwiches from Spend With Pennies: Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches.
Serves 12

The Ultimate List of Beef Recipes For a Crowd.

Here is a recipe for nachos! What a great, beefy, game-day snack! From Glitter and Spice: Loaded Beef Nachos
No servings listed, but it makes 2 large pans, so I would guess 10-12.

Pin this post for the next time you need a delicious, easy beef recipe for those hungry men. :)

11 delicious beef recipes for cowboys

Easy Jello Pudding Cake Recipe for your Holiday party!

When I was a kid, my mom made easy jello pudding cake often. It was one of my favorite desserts! The pretty jello paired with the creamy pudding was just great. Especially in the heat of a Southern Illinois summer – it was so refreshing!

Easy Jello Pudding Cake Recipe

Mom used strawberry jello most frequently, but sometimes she experimented with green or orange. I have used a white cake with blue jello(raspberry) for July 4th, green jello (lime) with pistachio pudding for St. Patrick’s Day, or red (strawberry) for Christmas. So many fun options!


The pudding is one of my favorite parts. I am not a huge fan of thick frosting, but this pudding is  just right. Creamy and sweet, but not too sweet! :)

The other great thing about this easy jello pudding cake, is how simple it is. First, you bake a cake mix according to directions on box. I use yellow but you could also use white cake mix.

When it comes out of the oven, let it cool 10 minutes while you mix up the jello. Mix 1 package jello (any flavor) with 1 cup hot water. When it is dissolved, add 1/2 cup cold water.

Poke lots of holes in the cake, with a fork. Make sure you get around the edges.

Take a large spoon and spoon the jello over the cake, slowly. This is somewhat tedious, but keep at it. Pay special attention to the higher areas where it just wants to run off. Keep spooning jello until it is all on. It seems like a lot but it will be fine. 😉 Then set your cake in the fridge to chill for several hours. Easy jello pudding cake recipe

After the cake is cold, mix the pudding and pour it over.Easy Jello Pudding Cake Recipe #holidayEasy Jello Pudding Cake Recipe #holidayEasy Jello Pudding Cake Recipe #holiday ;

Jello Pudding Cake Recipe
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 yellow or white cake mix
  • 1 box jello (any flavor)
  • 1 box vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
Instructions
  1. Prepare cake according to directions on box.
  2. Cool cake 10 minutes.
  3. Mix jello with 1 cup hot water till dissolved. Add ½ cup cold water.
  4. Poke cake with fork.
  5. Slowly spoon jello over cake.
  6. Chill cake for an hour.
  7. Mix pudding with milk.
  8. Pour pudding over cake.
  9. Serve.