My mom made this hotdish for my family growing up -- it's creamy goodness still signifies "home" to me. Frog Prince and I enjoy this recipe too, and it's one of our top comfort foods!
Yet, with 6 healthy veggies and wheat flour, I feel good about eating this comfort food :)
Ham and Potato Casserole - Adapted from Mom
2 C cubed potatoes
2 large carrots, sliced
2 ribs of celery, sliced
3 C water
2 C diced, cooked ham
1/4 C chopped green bell pepper
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C chopped onion
3 T white wheat flour*
1 1/2 C milk
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 C extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 C whole wheat bread crumbs*
Begin by placing the diced potatoes, sliced celery and carrots in a large stock pot. Cover with 3 C water and simmer until veggies are tender.
Meanwhile, saute the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper and ham together in a skillet until the mushrooms are cooked and ham is warmed.
Then, combine the flour and 1/2 C of milk together; whisk until flour is dissolved in the milk.
(This is my cheaters way of making a roux... no butter needed!)
Add in the remaining milk, and heat in a sauce pan until boiling. Stir the entire time -- and remove from heat when mixture thickens.
Add in the cheese and allow the heat from the mixture to melt the cheese.
Mmmmm... cheese sauce.
When the veggies are tender, drain any excess liquid and then spread into a lightly greased 9x13 glass baking dish.
Top with the ham and pepper mixture.
Pour the cheese sauce over the veggies.
Then, sprinkle the whole wheat bread crumbs over the top.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes until the hotdish is bubbly and the bread crumbs are lightly browned. I often broil the dish for the last few minutes to help crisp up the bread crumbs.
Smell the taste of "home" :)
*If you wish to make this free of gluten, (1) use corn starch as your thickener, and (2) omit or use GF bread crumbs!
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