Mix & Bake! Use your leftover ham and potatoes to create a delicious cheesy ham and potato casserole dish! You can use diced potatoes or hashbrowns. Add in some seasoning and pop it into the oven. It can also be a great freezer dish if you use frozen hashbrowns!
Cheesy leftover ham and potato casserole is true comfort food. It is very similar to cheesy potatoes and leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
This is a mix and bake recipe that is very simple and very easy to throw together.
The best part is if you have leftover ham from a meal or holiday dinner you can dice it up and use it in this dish! I love being able to use recent leftovers for another meal and help clear out the fridge.
Plus, leftover ham is so flavorful, whether it was honey pineapple ham, hickory-smoked, or cooked with brown sugar, it will be really delicious in this casserole.
Ingredients for Cheesy Leftover Ham and Potatoes
- Leftover Cooked Ham
- Potatoes or Hash Browns
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Velveeta (If using Velveeta add 1 cup Milk)
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Sour Cream
- Garlic Salt
- Salt & Pepper
Do I have to use leftover ham?
Absolutely not! If you have no leftover ham in your fridge, cooked ham from the store works perfectly. I like to buy ham that is already diced to save myself a step.
My mother happens to have MSG intolerance and gets migraines that knock her out for days at a time from the real world so I like to use homemade cream of chicken soup for this recipe in place of the canned version. It’s so tasty that I never buy the canned version anymore!
Which cheese should I use?
Most of my family loves this casserole with Velveeta, but a few do not, so I have created an alternative to that as well and listed it in the recipe card.
Velveeta likes to stick to your ribs as you eat it, as I like to say. It thickens the cheesy sauce up as it bakes so I like to add in 1 cup of milk to help the thickness. If you don’t care for Velveeta simply replace it with sharp cheddar cheese.
Another great thing about this recipe is being able to use up potatoes. But you can also save yourself the peeling and dicing by thawing a frozen bag of hashbrowns to toss in.
Can I make cheesy leftover ham and potatoes ahead of time?
Yes! Add all of the mixed ingredients into your casserole dish, cover it, and then refrigerate it to bake within a day.
Freezing uncooked potatoes changes the texture of the potato itself and gives mixed results. They can become grainy and leave a watery substance around them.
If you want to freeze the dish prior to baking it’s best to use frozen hashbrowns in place of russet potatoes.
If you wish to freeze the dish after baking it can be frozen for up to 3 months. For consumption, thaw it in the fridge and warm it in the microwave.
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