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Cordon Bleu Casserole

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

6 servings

I often roast a turkey just to have leftovers for this creamy cordon bleu casserole. It makes for a pretty presentation at potluck dinners.—Joyce Paul, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
Cordon Bleu Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook ham until browned, 4-5 minutes; drain and pat dry. In a greased 2-qt. baking dish, layer the turkey, cheese and ham; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, mustard and nutmeg until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour over ham.
  3. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over the top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until golden brown and bubbly, 25-30 minutes.

Cordon Bleu Casserole Tips

Why is it called cordon bleu?

Cordon bleu literally translates to "blue ribbon" in French. It is said that Cordon Bleu was a wide blue ribbon (denoting excellence) worn by members of the highest order of knighthood. The term has since been applied to food that is prepared of the highest standards. Interestingly, many sources indicate that traditional chicken cordon bleu did not originate in France. They say it was first invented in Switzerland as a schnitzel filled with cheese. Either way, most cooks agree breaded poultry stuffed with ham and cheese is delicious! This casserole is a tasty riff on that same concept.

How can I adjust this cordon bleu casserole recipe?

There are some easy variations you can apply to this recipe to suit your tastes. You can use cubed pancetta or crumbled bacon in place of the ham. Cooked cubed chicken is a great substitute if you don’t have turkey. Shredded provolone works well in place of the Swiss.

What side dishes go with cordon bleu casserole?

This casserole doesn’t include vegetables, so a healthy veggie side dish pairs well with this entrée. Try our recipes for That Good Salad, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli or Old-Fashioned Green Beans.

Research contributed by Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor
Soft Bread Crumbs
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 572 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated fat), 200mg cholesterol, 940mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 49g protein.

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