Have you been looking for a family-friendly recipe that the whole household is sure to love? You can't go wrong with a simply delicious ham and hashbrown casserole. This main dish is not only a classic crowd-pleaser, but it's also quick and effortless to save you time in the kitchen.
Read on to explore the step-by-step instructions for mastering this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe, while answering some of the most commonly asked questions for consistently delicious results.
Ham and hashbrown casserole: A timeless comfort
A cheesy hashbrown casserole stands as a timeless comfort dish that even the pickiest eaters can enjoy. Bring a little extra warmth and joy to your household with a main dish that's a breeze to whip up and allows for easy customization to suit your family's preferences. While often considered a breakfast casserole, this recipe also makes for a delightful lunch or satisfying dinner, effortlessly fitting in with any mealtime. This casserole goes beyond a simple healthy meal — it's a burst of flavor that indulges cravings and brings comforting satisfaction. Prepare to craft a culinary masterpiece that'll leave everyone at the table wanting more!
Crafting a perfect ham and hashbrown casserole at home
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
- 1 8 oz. pack of Hatfield® Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak, diced.
- 1 16 oz. package of frozen hashbrowns.
- 1 can 10.75 oz. condensed cream of potato soup.
- 1 8 oz. container of sour cream.
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese.
- Salt and pepper, to taste.
Directions to bring this quick and easy casserole to life
- Step 1: Start by preheating your oven to 375. Then, grease a 2.5-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Step 2: In a large bowl, add your hashbrowns, diced ham steak, cream of potato soup, sour cream, cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese.
- Step 3: Thoroughly mix the ingredients to ensure an even coating.
- Step 4: Pour your ham and hashbrown mixture into your prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
- Step 5: Top the hashbrown casserole with any excess or remaining cheese.
- Step 6: Bake your cheesy ham and hashbrown casserole, uncovered, for 45-55 minutes — or until the center of the dish is hot and the cheese fully melts.
- Step 7: Finally, serve immediately while hot and bubbly.
Ready to get started? Head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® pork products today!
Mastering this casserole dish: Your comprehensive FAQ guide
Before diving into this delicious shredded cheese and diced ham casserole recipe, consider the following most frequently asked questions:
Can I use frozen hashbrowns?
Yes, you can use both frozen and homemade hashbrowns for this recipe. A frozen option is ideal when you're looking for convenience or a consistent texture, as they ensure a hassle-free and tasty base for the casserole. Be sure to thaw the hash browns before use and consider patting them dry to minimize excess moisture in your dish.
Are there popular recipe variations to try?
When it comes to switching this recipe up, your options are practically endless. While our recipe calls for shredded cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese, feel free to get creative with options like Monterey Jack, Gruyère or a blend of Colby. You can also add an onion or bell pepper to the mix for extra flavor, or opt for mushroom soup or chicken soup instead of potato.
Recipe variations are the perfect opportunity to tailor this casserole to suit your family's preferences and explore new and exciting flavor combinations along the way.
What kind of ham works best?
Hatfield® Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak is recommended for its robust flavor, but any cooked ham with your desired seasoning will do the trick! You can choose from a range of pre-seasoned options like Hatfield® Hickory Ham Steak or Hatfield® Sweet Brown Sugar Ham Steak to infuse your casserole with mouthwatering flavor.
Can I prepare this dish in advance?
If you know you have a busy week ahead or a special occasion coming up, you can absolutely prepare this meal in advance. Simply assemble the casserole ahead of time, cover the dish and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking to maintain its texture and flavor.
How do I store this dish properly?
Got leftovers? Make the most of excess casserole by properly storing portions, that way they're equally delicious and safe to eat the next time around. To do this, place any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate them promptly. These should be consumed within three to four days for optimal freshness.
What can I pair with ham and hashbrown casserole for a well-rounded meal?
For a well-rounded and fully satisfying family meal, consider pairing your ham and hashbrown casserole with:
- A crisp and colorful salad with mixed greens.
- A steamed vegetable medley.
- Fresh green beans sautéed with garlic and a touch of lemon.
- A fresh fruit salad featuring berries, melons and grapes.
- Buttery garlic bread slices or cornbread squares.
- Creamy mashed potatoes.
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If you're ready to embrace the assurance of top-tier quality and set the stage for memorable meals, you can head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® pork products today!