Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole is a comforting and delicious dinner perfect for busy weeknights. A great dinner to make with leftover ham and it's always a family pleasing meal.
Ham and Potato Casserole is a hearty meal that can be made easily in the crock pot or the oven. Layers of ham and potatoes and a rich and creamy sauce makes this one a keeper for the recipe box!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole
Even though I'm home all day, I still love being able to get dinner going in the crock pot and move onto my never ending list of things I need to do.
I totally use my slow cooker all year long. I really love it in the summer since it won't heat up the house. Of course, I am beginning to wonder if warm weather is really coming this year. We've had such a late spring.
They are promising warm temperatures this weekend and I'm hoping for it so we can finally get our garden planted.
Emmet just has two more weeks of school before summer break and I'm so ready for it. When summer rolls around, a dinner time schedule is totally out the window for us. So I depend on easy dinners like this to be ready and waiting for the guys.
How to Make Slow Cooker Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole:
The ingredients for Ham and Potato Casserole are simple:
- Cream cheese
- Salt & Pepper
- Chicken broth
Sauté onions and garlic in butter, add in flour and liquids, cream cheese plus salt and pepper, mixing until thickened. Remove from heat and add shredded cheese. Saute onions and garlic in butter, add in flour and liquids, mixing until thickened. Remove from heat and add shredded cheese.
Slice potatoes thinly and chop ham into bite- size pieces. The thinner the potatoes are sliced, the quicker your casserole will cook. I absolutely love my hand held mandolin for slicing potatoes. Just be careful, it is so easy to slice your fingers right off!
Stir in ham and potatoes and mix until well combined.
At this point, you can put this in the oven if you prefer, just bake at about 400 degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half.
I like to add more shredded cheese after the casserole is cooked. I let it all set at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. That cheesy goodness is like molten lava and the sauce will thicken up a bit and soak into the potatoes as it cools slightly.
I add a few fresh herbs and this casserole is ready to go. I love that it will stay warm in the crock pot so if everyone is on a different schedule. It's a dish that is good immediately or even 3 hours later.
My kids love ham and they were really bummed that I didn't have any leftover Easter ham this year. So I grabbed a bargain after Easter and we had ham for days. Those were some happy kids!
I made a ton of ham sandwiches and made the best cheesy ham and potato casserole with the rest. It's also one of those dishes that makes great leftovers for easy lunches.
What's your favorite recipe for using leftover ham?
Perfect Sides to Complete Your Meal:
More Ham Recipes To Check Out:
- Ham Spinach & Mushroom Quiche
- Creamy Ham and Potato Soup
- Baked Ham Penne Pasta
- Leftover Ham Fried Rice ~ Created by Diane
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- 2 pounds russet potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced thin
- 1 pound ham, cut into bite- size chunks
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 8 oz shredded Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese, divided use
- Fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary or parsley for garnish, optional
Add butter to a skillet and place over medium heat, add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring often about 4 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper, whisking to combine. Cook 2 minutes. Add cream cheese, milk and chicken broth. Continue to whisk until cream cheese is melted and sauce becomes thick and starts to bubble. Remove from heat. Stir in half of shredded cheese.
Pour sauce into crock pot, add ham and potatoes. Stir until well combined. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours. You can test the tenderness of the potatoes with a fork. Casserole will cook quicker if your potatoes are thin.
Add remaining cheese and cover for 20-30 minutes or until cheese has melted and sauce has thickened. Serve immediately or keep warm until serving. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 601Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1053mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 31g
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