Since I had a ton of leftovers from the ham, I wanted to make a dish using those leftovers. I also had a bag of russet potatoes, so a casserole or bake of some sort came into mind.
I would have attempted a gratin if I only had a mandoline…birthday gift anyone? Haha…I kid…
Again, I kinda used two different recipes and combined different bits and pieces of the two.
Ham & Potato Casserole/Bake
Adapted from Mother’s Ham Casserole and Hearty Ham Casserole
3 medium sized russet potatoes, diced (I think I used three…)
2 ribs of celery, chopped
2 medium to large sized carrots, chopped
1 medium sized yellow onion, diced
2 cups cooked ham, cubed
7 tablespoons butter, split into 1 tbsp portions
1/3 cup ap flour
1 3/4 cups milk
8 – 12 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup gorgonzola crumbles
salt & pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375°.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once there, I tossed in the potatoes and cooked for about 15 minutes. Next, I heated a skillet on medium heat with the butter, then added the onions, celery, and carrots. Saute for a couple minutes until onions become soft. Add the flour, little by little…you want to make a roux and cook off the raw taste of the flour.
Take the milk and slowly pour it into the mixture, little by little, making sure to stir the mixture constantly. Once all the milk has been mixed in, add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Turn off the heat once the mixture has thickened.
When 15 minutes pass, drain the potatoes and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the ham cubes to the potato, followed by the sauce. Use a spatula to mix everything together.
Once evenly mixed, pour the mixture into a buttered 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Toss in the oven for 25 minutes. After 25, take out the dish, spread the mozzarella and gorgonzola, bake for an addition 5 or until melted. Remove from oven, let cool, enjoy.
Mozzarella and gorgonzola was okay on the bake. I woulda preferred gruyere but it was last minute and I just kinda used what I had in the fridge.
Tagged: casserole, ham, potatoes