A Warm and Cheesy Ham Casserole that is going to change the way you feel about think about the taste of certain ingredients together. This casserole is a flavor powerhouse and will take your taste buds by surprise.
Have leftover holiday ham or a ham steak you want to transform into something different? Whether it’s this cheesy casserole or pan of of Ham and Havarti Sliders or a pot of Loaded Baked Potato Soup, you won’t go wrong with either.
Warm and Cheesy Ham Casserole Recipe
Let’s set the scene…the big holiday is over and you’re exhausted. You’ve been going nonstop for weeks now in preparation, but you still have a house full of overnight guests and need to feed them lunch.
You have leftover ham, but you can’t just serve it plain. Everyone’s outside playing in the snow or the sunshine and you need to get a meal together for when they come inside. This Warm and Cheesy Ham Casserole is what you’re going to serve.
It doesn’t look like much (it’s not even pretty), but looks are deceiving.
Everyone will ask for seconds so you might want to make two. It’s filling, it’s warm, it has great texture and tastes great. Not to mention it’s very kid-friendly with the shoestring potatoes on top. When the kids see those familiar crunchy snacks on top, they are always willing to give it a try. TRUST.
Ingredients for Warm And Cheesy Ham Casserole
Full recipe and instructions can be found at the bottom of the page.
- water chestnuts (canned) – sliced and found in the Asian aisle of the grocery store
- almonds – slivered
- pimentos – diced, found close to the pickles in the grocery store
- black pepper
- shoestring potatoes – find these in the snack aisle close to the chips – Pik-Nik brand is the most common
- mayonnaise – full fat version
- sour cream – full fat version
- scallions – use both green and white parts
- fresh lemon juice
- ham – use leftover ham or a ham steak
- frozen peas – make sure they are thawed
- extra sharp cheddar cheese – extra sharp is best
How To Make Ham Casserole
Step one: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat baking dish with cooking spray.
Step two: In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, scallions and lemon juice. Add ham, celery, peas, water chestnuts, almonds, pimentos and pepper. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese.
Step three: Bake until heated through and cheddar is melty, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with shoestring potatoes.
- Spend the time to cube the ham into small, bite-sized pieces. It really make a difference and improves the overall final texture of the dish.
- I used a round stoneware baker, about 2″ high and 9.5″ wide. Use whatever shallow casserole baker you have. A 9 x 13 pan is a little too big for this recipe, use something smaller unless you double the recipe.
Serve with some warm, crusty bread, this is a lunch or dinner everyone will love. My family was sad there were no leftovers!
Leftovers from big holiday feasts can be even more delicious remade into new things and this recipe definitely fits the bill.
Other Leftover Ham Recipes You Might Enjoy
- Ham and Biscuits with red Eye Gravy
- Epic Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich
- Skillet Ham Pasta
- Leftover Holiday Ham Strata
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Warm and Cheesy Ham Casserole
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsps scallions, white and green part, more for garnish
- 2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups cubed ham -1/2" pieces *
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 8 oz sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 2 tbsps chopped pimentos
- 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shoestring potatoes (such as Pik-Nik brand)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, scallions and lemon juice. Add ham, celery, peas, water chestnuts, almonds, pimentos and pepper. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese.
- Bake until heated through and cheddar is melty, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with shoestring potatoes.
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