Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ham and Hash Brown Casserole


If there’s one thing my crew is tired of right now, it’s turkey.

So tired that we even sent my parents home to South Carolina with zipper bags of turkey. So tired that the turkey sandwiches in the kids’ lunchboxes are not being gobbled up.

So we’re on to ham now. :) And because the weather has taken a turn for the cooler, I think I’m likely going to be focusing on soup and casseroles for the near future.

Today, I’ve got a ham casserole that fits the comfort food bill perfectly. This could be considered a breakfast casserole because of the hash browns…but we’re big fans of breakfast for supper, so it’s an anytime meal for us.

Unfortunately for me, the curse of the unappetizing pictures inexplicably continues! I’m being further punished by following Cleo, whose scrumptious pictures usually make me want to eat my computer screen at 5 a.m. :) But I promise, promise it tastes better than it looks! Trust me.


Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

32 oz. package of frozen shredded hash browns
8 oz diced, cooked ham
2 cans cream of potato soup (low-sodium, if you can find it)
16 oz. sour cream
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
1/2 cup bacon bits
1/4 cup green onion

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9x13 Pyrex dish.
Mix all ingredients except Parmesan cheese. Spread into dish and top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake one hour or until golden-brown.

Stay warm! :)

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6, 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig


  1. Riley/Elizabeth - Your description of turkey fatigue had me laughing. And, frankly, that's okay with me because it means a brand new Southern comfort casserole from you. I just love your comfort food posts. The list of ingredients on this one alone -- sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese! -- oh, yes! Can you see me holding out my empty plate. Don't be stingy now. I want a nice big helping!

    ~ Cleo

  2. What could be bad about bacon and cheese! Yum.


  3. Cleo and Avery--It's Southern comfort...on a plate! :)

    I forgot to mention, too, how quickly my kids eat this casserole up. At first it looks like a LOT of food (you'll need a really big mixing bowl to mix it all up), but it goes so fast!

  4. Mmm.... sounds wonderful, and despite your claims, I think the pictures are just fine. I bet that casserole disappears so fast you're lucky you got any photo at all! Thanks for the ham suggestion. We haven't had that in a while and now I have a great plan for the leftovers! Yum!

  5. Elizabeth - we could live together easily. We'd spend all our time in the kitchen. We seem to love all the same foods. I usually make this casserole whenever we have ham - have I ever thought to actually put ham in it? No! But I'm gonna. And bacon?! HOW could I have not thought to put bacon in it?! So - an already all-time favorite recipe evolves into something even better. YUM!

  6. I love the image of you eating your computer screen, Elizabeth. I know the feeling. Sometimes I wish I could waft the aroma from my kitchen into my computer -- boy, we'd be in trouble then. I'm imagining a Jetson's type computer that delivers a plate of food when it's turned on!

    Your casserole sounds great. I've been on the lookout for breakfast casseroles.

    And don't worry about the pictures. Some foods don't photograph well, and I think casseroles, cooked mushrooms, and cooked greens fall into that category.

    ~ Krista

  7. Yum yum yum ... I love a good hash brown casserole! I can't do the ham, but I have some fake-ham bullion that I could add to the mix, and bacon bits are vegetarian (many of them) ... I could totally make this work. We don't have anything planned for dinner tonight, so I think you just saved me. :)

  8. Julie--It's nice to have a change of pace--and my kids would go on strike if I put turkey as an ingredient in anything right now. Ha!

    Kaye--It's the Southern philosophy--ham and bacon make everything better! (And sour cream and sticks of butter help, too!)

    Krista--Yes! And while we're at it, I want some of those Jetson flying cars. When I was in elementary school, my social studies book promised there'd be flying cars by now...I feel cheated!

    Maybe that's the reason--I've been in a casserole mood and every picture I've taken looks like I've just dumped stuff on a plate! I'm doing collards soon, too, and I'm sure that's not going to help matters! :)

    Wendy Lyn--And then you'd have a healthier dish, too! Hope you'll enjoy it. :)

  9. Elizabeth, we're going to have ham for Christmas, so this is just the ticket for a post-holiday meal! Thanks!

  10. Lynn--You could have it for breakfast the next morning! That would be perfect. :)

  11. This sounds perfect since I have a large zip lock bag of ham in the frig and couldn't think of a way to use it. This is definitely comfort food.

    Thoughts in Progress

  12. Elizabeth,
    Today we had the first of what will be many many cold, windy and snow showery days...I was lamenting the fact I needed to get out to the grocery store when, in my attempt to procrastinate a bit longer...what to my wondering eyes should appear...but a fabulous casserole recipe!! Even more miraculous...I had everything except I fried up a bunch of (highly technical cooking term here in Michigan) thick cut bacon and VOILA...DINNER!!!
    It was terrific and mama got to stay in her comfy saggy baggy sweats and mismatched socks!! Sincere thanks to you and your turkey fatigue!!