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Mother's Ham Casserole Recipe
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Mother's Ham Casserole Recipe

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One of my mother's favorite dishes, this recipe always brings back fond memories of her when I prepare it. It's a terrific use of leftover ham from a holiday dinner. Our five grandchildren are my favorite interest outside the kitchen!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 374 calories, 25 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 1,208 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, bring the potatoes, carrot, celery and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a large skillet, saute the ham, green pepper and onion in 3 tablespoons butter until tender. Add to the potato mixture. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Pour over the ham mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Mother's Ham Casserole in Country Woman March/April 2000, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 374 calories, 25 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 1,208 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 17 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"Perfect for a cold autumn supper! I tweaked the ingredients a bit using a bit more celery, carrots and onions. I seasoned based on tasting as the saltiness or ham varied."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"Loved this dish!! Great flavor. Anyone that didn't like this dish, must have accidently left something out, or changed the recipe. This recipe is a keeper!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"I liked it. I added some left over peas that I had. I actually liked it better the next day."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Nothing special, and I wish it had had a casserole dish size, because I grabbed the wrong casserole dish trying to make it a 9x13, too big a pan. Just really nothing special, and I don't even know if I want a lunch this week. Done with this recipe now, and I don't have to make it again if I don't want to. I don't plan to, too much work for not enough pay off."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"This was great. Fixed as recipe, except micro'd the veggies instead of boiling. Next time, I'll try cutting down on the butter. Hope it won't change the taste too much."

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