Monday, March 8, 2010

Creamy Potatoes and Ham

This recipe is loosely based on The Pioneer Woman's Creamy Herbed Potatoes.  The biggest difference is that I added ham, then served these as our main dish two nights last week.  They are really good...with or without the meat in them.

Creamy Potatoes and Ham

1/2 stick butter
1/2 medium onion, diced
6-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (2 small pkgs. or 1 large)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
1-1/2 cups finely diced ham
1/4 teaspoon EACH of garlic powder, salt, crushed thyme leaves and parsley flakes
1/2 cup shredded cheese, any kind
4-5 medium russet potatoes, peeled if desired and thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded cheese, any kind (for topping)

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9x13 casserole dish with pan spray.

Melt butter in medium skillet and add onion. Saute onion pieces for about 3 minutes. In large bowl, add butter and onion mixture to softened cream cheese. Stir to combine. Stir in milk, half and half, ham and spices until well blended. Add potato slices and 1/2 cup cheese. Stir, then pour mixture into prepared dish.

Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for 10 more minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-8 servings.


Lisa said...

I'm drooling! I love Ham and Potatoes together.

SonyaAnn said...

Ohhhhhh, it looks so wonderful. Why am I always hungry after I visit you?

Sheila said...

That sounds really good. I love dishes like this and I have everything but the fresh potatoes needed. Think it will work with frozen but thawed hash browns?

Annie Jones said...

Lisa: We still have a little ham left, so I'm making ham and potato soup today. :)

SonyaAnn: I'm just like the grocery should eat before you visit here.

Sheila: I think it would work great with thawed hash browns. I'd reduce the cooking time, though. Maybe to 20-25 minutes.

McVal said...

Yummy! I've got to pick up some ham now! My mom always used to make that kind of casserole!

Annie Jones said...

McVal: Seriously, how can you go wrong with ham, potatoes and cream cheese! ;)

Doug Robertson said...

Yum! I'll have to make this. I'm a vegetarian so I'll probably swap out the ham with some veggie bacon, I figure bacon would probably be delicious in this too.

slugmama said...

Well I have ham slices on the menu this doubt, I'll have leftover ham so I'll soooo be making this next week with the leftover. Thanks for the idea!!

Annie Jones said...

Doug: You're not vegan are you? 'Cause really, it's all about the cream cheese and butter.

Slugmama: I think you'll love it.

Frances said...

This sounds delish! I will have to get some potatoes and ham!

Annie Jones said...

Hope you like it!