Holiday Ham and Potato Casserole

Holiday Ham and Potato Casserole

I'm showing you how to serve an amazing holiday meal to a crowd using only 1 pound of ham, which is one way to go if the budget is a little tight. Or, if you do end up serving a whole ham, this recipe is perfect for the leftovers.
  • Preparation:
  • Cooking:
  • Total:
  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Step 2

    Heat butter in a pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté with a pinch of salt until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, just to take off that starchy, raw edge, about 2 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and whisk to combine. Whisk in milk. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until it just starts to simmer and thicken up. Add 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and cayenne. Grate in nutmeg.
  3. Step 3

    Turn off heat. Stir in Worcestershire and fresh thyme leaves. Reserve until needed.
  4. Step 4

    Cover the bottom of a deep 10x15-inch casserole dish with about 25% of the reserved sauce. Add a layer of sliced potatoes, seasoning the tops with some of the remaining salt as desired; ladle over 1/3 of the sauce and sprinkle over 1/3 of the grated Cheddar cheese. Layer in ½ of the sliced ham.
  5. Step 5

    Place another layer of sliced potatoes on top and season with salt. Ladle over ½ of the remaining sauce; repeat layering with Cheddar cheese and ham.
  6. Step 6

    Place last layer of potatoes on top. Ladle over remaining sauce and spread out with a spatula. Sprinkle over remaining Cheddar cheese.
  7. Step 7

    Bake uncovered in the preheated oven until browned, bubbling, and potatoes are very tender, about 1 ½ hours. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.