It’s the most ridiculously easy casserole you’ll ever make and yet we looooove it. In fact, I even posted about this cheesy ham and potato bacon casserole on instagram and everyone was commenting or even emailing/texting me for the recipe. We all need something warm, easy, delicious and that uses leftovers at this time of year and trust me, this is it. And don’t worry, if you’re vegetarian you can easily add more veggies and skip the meat. I think this will even be loved as much as our busy day casserole that has gone so crazy with our readers. But before I move on I wanted to ask if there are any food bloggers out there interested in being a contributor on Sweet Basil. You would need to email me with the subject line, sweet basil contributor with an example of your work and photography and it must be consistent with how I already blog. Hope to hear from you!
I never know what to do with leftover ham, but my mom always made this casserole after the holiday as a way to use up everything she had sitting around. I believe it’s actually a recipe that she grew up with. It uses the leftover ham, the potatoes because we always buy too many (we prefer red or golden potatoes because they are a little more creamy in taste and texture but a russet is fine too) broccoli because I swear that stuff is always chillin’ in the fridge and a little cream cheese from the leftover desserts. Plus add some cheese and bacon and things just got all kinds of awesome.
In other news, I read this interesting article about how different kids learn differently and that it applies to adults as well. You must read it, it’s so good and has helped our learning as well as homework time go so much smoother. I know that I’m visual and aural. I need to see it and hear it. That’s probably why I don’t really care to read on how to take better photos etc. I need someone to show me. Anyway, the article talked about how visual people tend to enjoy reading and aural people tend to enjoy music and feel from it.
Those are both me to a T. I love music. It can bring feelings that I wouldn’t have normally felt. It brings me peace or makes me slow down and ponder things. We try to play good music in our home often and last year decided to keep cds that are uplifting in the car as well. What a difference it has made! We personally listen to a lot of Mormon Tabernacle choir, but it actually was not because of our religion, and their songs aren’t all religious. If you know anything about them they are one of the best choirs out there. Like, really.
When we bought our car last year they left a bunch of the cd’s in the car and I had never owned one, though I have heard them live and I’m not kidding, they are beautiful singers. We called the man who said that we should keep them. We began listening to the cd’s everywhere we went and I’ll be honest, there have been times that I’ve been driving down the street with tears streaming down my cheeks, or that I’ve felt inspired to text a friend or felt uplifted and happy. So, that pretty much has nothing to do with casserole, but it is something I couldn’t stop thinking about today. I never knew that something as simple as changing the music in my car could change my life, but it has. And now I think I’ll go finish off the leftovers to this deliciousness.
Cheesy Ham and Potato Bacon Casserole
- 6 Red Potatoes, chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped onion, fine
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups cooked ham, chopped
- 1½ cups broccoli, chopped and steamed
- 4 ounces neufchatel or light cream cheese, cubed
- 1½ cups cheddar cheese, grated
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x9" baking pan.
- Fill a pot with water and heat over medium heat. Add the potatoes and boil until tender when pierced with a knife, about 8 minutes. SEE NOTE Drain the potatoes and set aside.
- In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter and once it begins to melt add the onion. Saute until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Dump the onion and butter into the pot with the potatoes and add the broccoli, ham and cream cheese. Stir to combine, not worrying about spreading the cream cheese as it should be left in clumps and dump into the baking dish. Top with cheese and bake at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Top with bacon the last minute and serve!