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Cheesy Hash Brown Ham Casserole

Following the holidays we often find ourselves seeking out creative recipes to use up the leftovers. This cheesy hash brown ham casserole was a huge hit in our house! Loaded with hash browns, cheese, and ham bits, this hearty casserole is sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters.

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We’ve made this several times, sometimes just using leftover boiled or baked potatoes. If you’re using a baked potato, make sure it is chilled quite well before finely dicing it into squares. You’ll also need to reduce the baking time by about fifteen minutes if the potatoes are not frozen.

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How to Make Cheesy Hash Brown Ham Casserole

Finely dice the onions and bell peppers (if using). I used about half a cup worth of each, this isn’t exact, I was literally just using up a few leftover bits that were in the refrigerator so they wouldn’t go to waste.
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In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and garlic powder, mixing well to incorporate all ingredients. Add the bell peppers and diced Vidalia onion. You can use any type of onion that you like, red onion adds a bit of bite compared to a sweet onion such as vidalia.

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Then add the finely diced ham.

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Place half of the frozen potatoes in a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Season with salt and pepper. Pour half of the melted butter over the frozen potatoes. Pour half of the ham mixture over the potatoes, top with half of the cheese.

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Add the remaining frozen potatoes, season with salt and pepper, drizzle the remaining butter over the potatoes, top with the remaining ham mixture, spreading it evenly, and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake in a 350°F oven for 50-55 minutes. This casserole can easily serve six, but it can also be halfed and baked in a 9×9-inch pan for a smaller family.

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Ham Casserole Variations

Here are a few variation ideas that we’ve enjoyed with this casserole, we welcome you to share your ideas in the comments below.

  • Add 1/2 – 3/4 c. chopped pickled jalapeno pepper slices, evenly layer or mix into the sauce mixture prior to layering
  • Add 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper to the sauce/ham mixture
  • Add 1 Tbs of honey dijon mustard to the sauce mixture & use Swiss cheese instead of cheddar
  • To the sauce mixture, add 2 Tbs of fresh chopped herbs  (herbs that go well with ham include: marjoram, mustard, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic)

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Can I freeze Cheesy Hash Brown Ham Casserole

Yes, this casserole freezes quite well. Cover the casserole tightly and place it in a vacuum seal bag. If you don’t have access to a vacuum sealer, you can also make the casserole in a 9″x9″ foil baking pan, cover it tightly with foil, then slide it into a one-gallon Ziploc bag.

To prepare, place the covered, frozen casserole in a 350F (preheated oven) for about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Remove the foil during the last 20 minutes of cooking. No need to thaw first.

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3 thoughts on “Cheesy Hash Brown Ham Casserole”

  1. Frozen hash brown potatoes can be difficult to find in my area. Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hash browns?

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    • Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hash browns?

      You can use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hash browns if you would like. You’ll need to shred the potatoes to be like hash browns, then put the shreds in a bowl of cold water. Alternatively, here is a homemade frozen hash brown potato recipe that works very well in this recipe!

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  2. This recipe ROCKS! We had some leftover smoked turkey, which actually tastes pretty similar to ham, surprisingly. I chopped it up and used it in place of the ham. Right before serving I added a heaping spoonful of picante sauce on top for a little spice. Everyone raved about how good it was.

    I will definitely be making this one again.

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