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Ham and Potato Casserole For Two – A Great Recipe For Leftover Ham

One of my favorite meals to make using leftover ham is this Ham and Potato Casserole. It is simple and easy to make with just a few basic ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen.

Best of all, it requires just 10 minutes of hands on prep time. Simply cut everything up and saute the vegetables. Then make a simple homemade cheese sauce and mix everything together.

Pour the mixture in a casserole dish and put it in the oven. With just 30 minutes of baking time, your leftover ham dinner is ready to be served!

ham and potato casserole
Ham and Potato Casserole made with leftover ham from my Easter Dinner. An easy to prepare recipe that is perfect for two!

But don’t just think about making this ham and potato casserole for dinner. It can also be served for lunch, or even breakfast!

Although the recipe is delicious as written, it can easily be customized to your preference. For instance, if you like mushrooms, add a few sliced mushroom to the skillet when you are sautéing the other vegetables.

And if you like things a little spicy, why not add in diced jalapeno and substitute the shredded sharp Cheddar cheese with shredded Pepper Jack cheese? There are so many different ways that you can make this casserole that it will surely become one of your favorites!

Ham and Potato Casserole Recipe

*A printable recipe card is located at the bottom of this article which contains the specific measurements, temperatures and cook times. However, continue reading below to learn about more helpful tips about this specific recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 TBSP cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup potatoes, cooked and diced
  • 1/2 cup ham, cooked and diced
gren peppers and onion
Although this recipe calls for only green pepper and onion, you can add other vegetables to this casserole dish as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

The first step in making this ham and potato casserole is to preheat the oven and spray a small casserole dish or large ramekin with non-stick cooking spray. I have a Ceramic Oval Baking Dish that I love when making casseroles for one or two servings.

Now that the oven is preheating and the baking dish is prepared, it is time to start making the casserole. Place the unsalted butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

Once the butter is melted add the diced onion and green pepper (and any other vegetables that you prefer) and cook until they are just tender. This took approximately 7 minutes when I made this dish.

Then whisk in the flour and a dash of ground black pepper. Cook, whisking frequently for 1 minute so that the flour taste is removed.

roux
Once the vegetables are tender, whisk in flour and milk to make a roux.

Next, slowly whisk in the milk and bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring constantly. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and add the shredded sharp Cheddar cheese and mayonnaise.

Continue to cook and whisk until the cheese melts. Then add the cooked and diced potatoes and ham and stir until everything is evenly coated.

Cooking Time

Pour the ham and potato mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Then place it in the preheated oven and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Optional Step: During the last 10 minutes of baking, sprinkle additional shredded cheese on top. This will make the casserole extra cheesy and delicious!

Once the top begins to turn light golden brown in color, and the edges are bubbling, remove the baking dish from the oven. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.

The casserole needs time to rest so that the hot liquid in the casserole has time to solidify. Also, this will let the mixture cool off enough so that it decreases the chance of you burning your mouth once you take the first bite.

cheese sauce
Once the roux is nice and thick, stir in the cheese. Once melted, stir in the cooked and dice ham and potatoes and stir until evenly coated.

Helpful Tips

1. Because this Ham and Potato casserole recipe is prepared in less than 10 minutes, it is a good idea if you have all your ingredients cut, measured and prepared prior to cooking.

2. If you don’t have a leftover, cooked potato, make one prior to starting this recipe. This can easily be done by cook a medium-large Yukon gold potato in the microwave.

Scrub the potato to remove any dirt or eyes. Then prick the potato with a sharp knife or fork. Then wrap the potato in a damp paper towel and microwave on high power for 7 minutes.

Once the potato is cool enough to handle, use your fingers and a small pairing knife to remove the skin. Then dice the potato into bite size pieces.

3. Do not add salt when making this recipe. Because your leftover ham is naturally salty, no additional salt is required. You can always add more salt when serving this casserole if preferred.

baked ham and potato casserole
Optional step: Top the casserole with more cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking time for an extra cheesy and delicious casserole!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

If you want to make this ham and potato casserole recipe ahead of time, prepare the recipe as instructed. Then instead of placing it in the oven, cover it and put it in the refrigerator.

Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before placing it in the oven. Then bake as instructed.

2. How Do I Store The Leftovers?

If you have any leftovers, store them in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It is not recommended that you store the leftovers in the freezer, as potatoes don’t freeze well.

3. Can I Use Deli Ham If I Don’t Have Leftover Ham?

If you don’t have any leftover ham, you can use thick sliced deli ham instead. You can also make this ham and potato casserole using a cooked Ham Steak.

Other Leftover Ham Recipes

Although these recipes aren’t all designed to feed two people, they all make great recipes to use up that extra leftover ham. And remember, you can always freeze ham for use later.

Enjoy! Mary

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ham and potato casserole

Ham and Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

An easy ham and cheese casserole recipe. A great use for leftover ham from the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 TBSP cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese, additional for topping (optional)
  • 1 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup potatoes, cooked and diced
  • 1/2 cup ham, cooked and diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C) and spray a small casserole dish or large ramekin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted add the diced onion and green pepper and cook until tender, approximately 7-8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the flour and pepper and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly.
  5. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and add cheese and mayonnaise and stir until cheese melts.
  6. Add the potatoes and ham and stir to coat. Pour mixture into casserole dish.
  7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Optional Step: After the casserole has baked for 20 minutes, sprinkle additional cheese on top. Then continue to bake for 10 more minutes.
  8. Let the casserole sit for a few minutes prior to serving. Serve Warm

Notes

Make ahead instructions: Prepare the casserole as instructed but do not bake it right away. Instead, cover it and place it in the refrigerator. Bring the casserole to room temperature and place in the oven.

Recipe provided by icookfortwo.com

Nutrition Information
Yield 3
Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 27mgSodium 322mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 9g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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