Mother’s Ham Casserole Tips
What can you add to make this ham casserole recipe your own?
Start with the veggies already called for in the recipe—and increase one or more of them to stretch the dish while boosting nutrition. Other possibilities include sauteed poblano, red or orange peppers, cooked cauliflower, broccoli or pearl onions, and chopped seeded tomato. Get creative with the topping: Use crushed Ritz crackers, saltines, French-fried onions, or sliced almonds. If you love amazing Tex-Mex recipes
(and who doesn’t), add chopped green chiles, sub pepper jack cheese for cheddar, and top the casserole with crushed tortilla chips.
What pairs well with ham casserole?
Choose green veggies for the win! Steamed broccoli and spinach are simple, healthy choices, or try cooking kale
. And, you can pair a veggie-rich side salad
with just about any entree.
How long will ham casserole last?
Refrigerate the casserole, covered, for up to 3 days. Although potatoes aren’t very good freezers (their high water content leads to a mushy texture after freezing), they’re only a bit player in this dish. So feel free to freeze this casserole for up to 3 months. Individually frozen servings make for easy meals in the future. Here’s our ultimate guide to freezing food
.Research contributed by Christine Rukavena, 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.
1 cup: 360 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 1157mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.