Monday, January 19, 2009

Recipe: Creamy Ham Casserole

This is another potluck favorite. I got this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens in the 1970s. I have more recipes collected from BH&G than any other source. While I loved the old BH&G, and deplored the day they went all glitzy and modern (and, in my opinion, much harder to read because of the layout and clutter), they are still one of the best sources for kitchen-tested recipes.

One day, I'm going to blog about my favorite pet peeve: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But that's for another day. For now, today is devoted to recipes.


1 med. head cauliflower (2 pounds)
2 cups cubed cooked ham (I use turkey ham)
1 3-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
4 Tbs. butter or margarine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup (4 oz.) cubed sharp process American cheese
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1 cup soft bread crumbs (1 1/2 slices)
1 Tbs. butter or margarine, melted

Break cauliflower into buds (about 4 cups). Cook, covered, in boiling salted water till tender, 10-12 mins. Drain. Combine ham and mushrooms. In medium saucepan melt the 4 Tbs. butter and stir in flour. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir till mixture thickens and bubbles. Add cheese and sour cream to sauce. Stir till cheese melts.

Combine with cauliflower and ham mixture. Turn into 2 quart casserole. Combine crumbs and the remaining butter. sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes or till hot. Makes 6 servings.

If you don't love this casserole, then you aren't normal. :-)


Keira Soleore said...

After threats to my normality, I have to try it and declare it a winner. :)

News From the Holmestead said...

Let me know how you like it! I took it to a potluck once and received a marriage proposal from a guy who REEEEEALLY liked it. *g* Fortunately, his wife and my then-husband took it good naturedly.

Mistress of the Garderobe said...

Ah, for the good old days before the Evil Empire had invented non-fat sour cream and forced us to watch calories and sodium..... Looks fabulous, Sherrie!

News From the Holmestead said...

LOL! You're so right, Louisa. And how fun to see you here! Thanks for dropping by. After posting this recipe I got so hungry for the casserole that I'm going to make it in the next day or so--whenever I can get to the store for groceries. Like most things that are loaded with calories, it's really good!