Friday, April 16, 2021

Pimiento Cheese & Ham Casserole

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I probably should have designated this week “Ham Week” because I seem to have spent it focusing on using up that half ham that I got for Easter. It wasn’t a big ham, but when you’re serving so few people, it does tend to go a long way. This recipe is pure comfort food. It’s based upon a recipe that my mother used to make when I was a kid, and I always loved it. Who doesn’t love ham, potatoes, and cheese? I felt the original version was a little bland, so I kicked it up with some spice, roasted red peppers, and pickled jalapeños. My pimiento cheese version is a weekday winner.


Pimiento Cheese & Ham Casserole

2 T. butter
½ c. chopped scallions
1 clove garlic, minced
½ c. chopped
Melissa’s Roasted Red Peppers
1 Melissa’s Pickled Jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 T. flour
½ t.
dry mustard
¼ t. seasoned salt
1½ c. whole milk
2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2 T. mayonnaise
3 c. cubed russet potatoes, cooked
2 c. cubed cooked ham
1 T. melted butter
½ c.
Panko breadcrumbs
Pinch of smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a
1½-quart casserole dish with PAM; set aside.

In a
12-inch skillet over medium high heat, melt butter. Sauté scallions in the butter until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in roasted red peppers and jalapeño, and cook 1 to 2 minutes until the jalapeño has softened. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir in; add dry mustard and seasoned salt and cook an additional 2 minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring to blend. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer to thicken slightly. Add 1½ cup of the cheese and mayo and stir until cheese is melted. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to coat. Turn into prepared casserole dish. In a small bowl toss the melted butter with the Panko crumbs and remaining ½ cup cheese, and sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole. Sprinkle paprika overall. Bake for 30-35 minutes until hot and bubbly. If the crumbs haven’t toasted, run under the broiler for a few minutes until they do.


Linda said...

That last photo almost did me in. I would have to scrape up and eat every drop of deliciousness.

Angie's Recipes said...

Mouthwatering! I love ham, so don't mind a ham week or even month :-) said...

Yum, I just bought a ham today, just so I could have it for leftovers!

bread&salt said...

Pictures are great! It must be delicious.

Penghuni 60 said...

it looks so delicious

sandy said...

oh ..yum!