For day 6 I decided to find something to make using some of the leftover ham we have from Sunday night’s meal. I also needed something quick and easy as the kids have started back to school and my daughter has piano lessons and my son has Ninja class this evening so things are getting back into full swing, in other words our schedules are becoming hectic again.
I found this ham and hashbrown casserole recipe from Eat at Home Cooks and realized I already had all of the ingredients so it was perfect. She cooked her ham separately wrapped in foil on top, but I cubed mine and mixed it in. I used leftover ham we had from a previous meal, but a package of cubed ham from the grocery store would work just as well and add to the ease of this recipe.
Here is what you need:
1 26 oz bag of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
16 oz cubed ham
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 10.5 oz can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese
I found it best to mix the ingredients in a few at a time. Put the potatoes in a large bowl and mix in the soup and sour cream. Then add 1 cup of the cheese, the melted butter, and onion and mix well again. Lastly, mix in the ham. When I mixed in the ham I also added a pinch of salt and a bit of pepper. You want to be careful with the salt because the soup has a lot of sodium in it already.
Put the hashbrown mixture into a greased baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, or until golden brown on top. Here is mine ready to go in the oven:
I actually went ahead and threw this together and put it in the refrigerator before I went to pick the kids up from school, since I knew I was going to have a busy afternoon and be on a tight dinner schedule. This is a great make ahead casserole! Just through it together before you leave for work and all you have to do is pop it in the oven when you get home.
Here it is fresh out of the oven:
It was So. Good. My whole family LOVED it! The flavors of the hashbrowns, cream of chicken, and sour cream go so well together, who would have guessed?
This would go well with sausage as well as ham. I might try it with sausage next time. And there will definitely be a next time!