Monday, July 31, 2017

SalleeB's Kitchen - Amish Ham Casserole

I love any dish that contains potatoes, ham, eggs, and cheese.
When I found this make and bake casserole recipe, I was thrilled to try a new recipe using four ingredients that I LOVE. Of course, I had to give it my own twist - cream cheese. 

Who doesn't like cream cheese? 
The addition of cream cheese makes this an indulgent and hearty version of a crust less breakfast pie that is not low calorie, but is low in carbs. It is perfectly suitable for breakfast or supper. 

I want to repeat what I already said though - This is not a low calorie dish.
However, I am tracking carbs AND staying below 2000 calories a day. I save calories to enable a calorie splurge that satisfies my craving for ham and potatoes surrounded by luscious, cheesy eggs without having them fried in oil, or butter. Baked is better, don't you agree?

An 8"x1" round cake pan yields four wedges of  hammy, cheesy goodness with 10.5 carbs and 387 calories a wedge.

Remember, I said it was low carb and the entire pan only has 42 grams of carbs

Two Tips to Use With This Recipe 
  1. Have a left over baked potato? Remove the skin, dice the potato, and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two.  Add the diced potato to a soup or casserole.
  2. Mix the casserole ingredients up to 24 hours ahead of time. After spooning the ingredients into the pan,  wrap it with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. When you want to bake the casserole, remove the plastic wrap, and pop the cold casserole into the cold oven and let it preheat with the oven. Set your timer for 25 minutes once the oven temperature reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

SalleeB's Kitchen - Amish Ham Casserole  Recipe                              Yield: 2-4 servings

  • 8 ounces of cooked ham, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 large eggs and 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 baked or microwaved potato, peeled and diced about 1 cup
  • 1/3 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease an 8"x1" round pan and set aside.
  • Put diced ham, onion, potato, shredded cheeses, and cottage cheese into a medium bowl.
  • Stir gently until the mixture is blended well.
  • Combine the beaten eggs and egg white with the cream cheese pieces and stir until the cream cheese pieces are well coated with the beaten eggs
  • Pour the eggs and cream cheese over the ham mixture
  • Add seasonings and stir gently until blended well
  • Spoon the mixture into greased 8' round pan and put the pan into the preheated oven
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the mixture is firm and bubbly.
  • Change the oven setting from bake to broil.
  • Broil the top of the casserole for 2-3 minutes, or until the top looks like the picture. 
  • Take the casserole out of the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing into 4 wedges. 
Enjoy a slice of homemade happiness on a plate!