This ham and potato casserole is a one pan meal that’s the ultimate comfort food. Tasty and hearty with a gratin crust, it’s scalloped potatoes and ham that always has people coming back for more. Perfect for parties and potlucks…
Casserole cooking became popular as a one pan meal that saves time in the kitchen. Casserole comes from the French word casse, meaning a large deep dish that can easily go from oven to table.
Now that we all seem pressed for time, casseroles have made a big comeback. The best casseroles have a mix of textures, colors and are caramelized on top…
They’re great for parties and potlucks when you don’t want to be rushing around the kitchen at the last minute. You simply put the ingredients in the pan, place in the oven and come back when it’s done!
This one pan recipe features layers of ham, potato and cheese with freshly chopped parsley and grated cheese on top. It’s not so different from scalloped potatoes and ham. To keep it moist in the oven, we poured an egg and cream mixture on top.
It could srsly be the best casserole ever, and the aroma while baking is to die for. We like to serve them up for brunch, lunch or dinner, and it’s a meal all by itself. Comfort food at its finest!
How to make a cheesy ham and potato casserole
To make it, start with a square casserole dish. It can be pyrex, enamel ware or an aluminum cake pan. Add separate layers of sliced potatoes, ham, and cheese two times each, followed by the parsley and grated cheese on top:
It’s important to pick the right potato for it to cook nicely. The best potatoes for casseroles are low starch varieties such as red potatoes or thin-skinned white potatoes. They have a waxy texture and won’t fall apart while cooking. Avoid starchy baking potatoes like Idahos or russets.
For the ham, slices will give you the best layered look although leftover ham chunks are amazing if you happen to have some. Shredded or cubed deli ham is another option.
For the cheese slices, we used swiss although a nice medium cheddar works well too. For the top, swiss is a classic, but mozzarella is another possibility.
We suggest checking the oven after 30 minutes to make sure it’s all browning to perfection. If it’s not browning enough, then move it to a higher oven rack to give it a bit more heat. If it’s browning too much, then simply cover the pan with foil.
Watch our video tutorial to see how to make it:
We’d be remiss not to mention a few of our favorite ham and potato casserole variations:
- Onion lovers can add some thinly sliced onions with the potatoes
- Meat lovers can put crumbled bacon on top beneath the grated cheese
- Spicy food lovers can add a teaspoon or two of crushed red pepper flakes
- Chopped carrots and celery add extra flavor and nutrition
- Breadcrumbs can be sprinkled on top for an extra crispy gratin
This dish never gets boring, and it’s easy to keep making again and again… Enjoy!
Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole (With Video)
- 4 large white or red potatoes peeled
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 slices ham
- 8 slices swiss cheese or cheddar
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 2 cups swiss cheese grated
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup half and half milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a square 9-inch baking pan and set aside.
- Peel the potatoes and slice into about 1/4-inch thickness pieces.
- Press a layer of potatoes into the prepared pan and season with salt and pepper. Add 4 slices each of ham and cheese.
- Repeat with a layers of potatoes, ham and then cheese. Add one final layer of potatoes, parsley and then cheese.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and half and half. Pour evenly over grated cheese.
- Bake for 45 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve and enjoy!
-A mandolin slicer such as this one is helpful in getting a consistent thickness on the potato slices for even baking.
Recipe adapted from FiveHeartHome
Check out our Layered Ham & Cheese Pasta Bake recipe too:
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