7 March, 2022
Ham & Mashed Potato Casserole
I hate to admit it, but this week, again, was a little less following the meal plan than I had hoped. Monday night was supposed to be a Ham & Mashed Potato Casserole….that got moved to Tuesday, and Monday ended up being junk food from Costco. The kicker? We went to Costco specifically for the food, not to shop!
Tuesday, I did make the Ham & Mashed Potato casserole. I used a canned ham, leftover, frozen mashed potatoes and some frozen peas. It was a great way to use pantry items already on hand and to get rid of some leftovers.
- 1 can of ham – the 1lb can, not those little round ones like you get tuna in….unless you use a few of them….basically 1-½ to 2 cups of ham, leftover or canned or however you find it
- 2 cups of mashed potatoes
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
- 1-½ to 2 cups of vegetables (I used frozen peas)
- ¼ cup margarine or butter
- ¼ cup flour
- Poultry seasoning or sage – to taste
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1-½ cups chicken broth (or water with bouillon)
Melt the butter/margarine in a pan and saute those onions to get some of that raw, punch you in the face flavour out of them.
Sprinkle with the flour and mix until the onions are coated and there aren’t any clumps of flour hanging around.
Add the garlic and stir around to get that edge off. I actually forgot to add the garlic until just before I put this in the oven. Big mistake. It tasted great but the garlic was quite strong. It was super strong smelling the next day when I took the leftovers for supper and I opened the container! woohoo!
Pour in your broth, a bit at a time, stirring to get rid of any lumps. Once you’ve got all the broth added, you can add some water if needed. I added another quarter cup of water just to loosen things up a little bit.
Add in the spices, the ham and the vegetables.
Get your oven heated up to 350F.
Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and top with the potatoes. If you are so inclined, add some grated cheese to the top….or even some Parmesan from the green shaker container. If you don’t add the cheese, don’t even worry, it still tastes great.
Pop into the oven for about half an hour. Just enough to get everything bubbling and happy.
Take it out and serve.
Wednesday was pulled pork. I opened a jar of pork I canned a while ago, poured on some barbeque sauce I bought a couple weeks ago and heated that up in a saucepan. Mixed up some coleslaw with some homemade dressing – www.handcraftedbyradar.com/2022/03/05/coleslaw-dressing/ – heated some beans up in another pot and made some macaroni and cheese. Loaded up some buns with the pulled pork and coleslaw, and served the mac & cheese & beans on the side.
Thursday was supposed to be Turkey Swedish Meatballs, and totally would have been had I remembered to take the ground turkey out of the freezer. We had spaghetti and meatballs made in the Instant Pot instead.
Friday, we had Edo takeout, because it was a very, very, very long week at work and Friday was particularly stressful for me. I figured if I cooked it would probably kill us, so I didn’t chance it.
Saturday, I made sushi in a bowl. I love sushi (not raw fish, don’t be crazy) but I’m not thrilled about rolling the rolls. I went to Costco to pick up some vegetables for the bowls and found a massive box of seaweed snacks. 36 packages of small nori sheets, basically! I won’t need to buy the stuff for at least a year! I have one cupboard that is jammed full of the packages. Makes me giggle every time I open the door and have to scramble to grab the ones that make a break for it!
Sunday…I found a partial bag of perogies in the freezer, so I heated them up with 3 bell peppers, an onion and a coil of farmers’ sausage. So good. Prairie comfort food, I think.
All in all, I didn’t do too bad, just shifted things here and there.