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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham

Unfortunately, our family loves cheese. We probably spend at least $45 a month on cheese. We also love potatoes. So this dish is at the top of our list. We have just plain cheesy potatoes as a side dish, regular cheesy potatoes and ham or sausage, and sometimes I like to mix things up a little bit with some ranch dressing. That's what I did tonight and dinner was delicious.

The ham I used was the last of our leftover Christmas ham from the freezer. Since the dish has protein from cheese already, I can use less ham. I always pay attention to the protein combinations in a meal and cut back where I can without affecting the nutritional value. That definitely helps to keep our meals as frugal as possible.
Ranch Cheesy Potatoes & Ham
  • 6-8 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 c. Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded or cubed)
  • 1 c. ranch dressing (or 1/2 c. sour cream with some seasonings, such as cumin & paprika)
  • 1 -2 c. diced ham
  • 2 T. melted margarine or butter
  • 1 c. bread crumbs
1. Place potatoes in a large pot filled with cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes. Drain. (You can skip this step and just add about 30 minutes to the baking time.)

2. Melt 1/4 c. butter or margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and black pepper; cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a slow boil. Simmer until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add cheese and stir until melted.

3. Pour cheese sauce into a large bowl and add the ranch dressing (or sour cream); stir until combined. Stir in the potatoes and ham. Pour into a casserole dish, cover with foil and refrigerate until an hour before dinnertime. Or, place in a 375 degree oven and bake for about an hour, until potatoes are fork-tender.

4. Combine melted butter or margarine with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the casserole. Bake for another 10 minutes.Stop by Biblical Womanhood for more Frugal Friday and The Grocery Cart Challenge for more recipes.

9 comments:

Jilann said...

I've got ham in my frig that needs to be used up, so this will be perfect! thanks!

Sonshine said...

yummy!

We go through ALOT of cheese here too! I get a 5lb block of mozzerella cheese($11.86) and mild cheddar($12.27) cheese at Sam's that lasts us a month. That doesn't include the american cheese slices or the individual cheese sticks that I get as well. Oh then there is the ever so often block of Velvetta cheese. LOL!

Melissa said...

Oh my these sound so good!! My family loves potatoes & cheese to. I actually have leftover ham from dinner a few nights ago that this would be perfect for:) I made your rolls the other night with the ham & they were so good!

Mom2fur said...

I'm bookmarking this 'cause it looks absolutely yummy! Hmmm...haven't made a ham in while, either. Glad to know where the leftovers will go!
BTW, if you don't open cheese it lasts for quite a while. So if you see it on sale, you could stock up on a few bricks/bars and have it on hand. That might cut your 'cheese budget' a bit. Although, if I was going to spend $45 on something each month, better cheese than junk food, LOL!

Sherry said...

We love cheese, too. Definitely bookmarking this one!

Jennifer said...

This looks so good! I love cheese too. In fact I had triscuits and cheese for my lunch today. I am printing this recipe.

Shannon said...

Cheese is my friend and this looks wonderful - have you ever made it with bacon? At the rate I am finding yummy looking recipes, we won't be repeating a meal for a few months! Thanks for sharing =)

Lori A. said...

This looks yummy! We're cheese lovers, too. :)

Elder Family said...

This sounds so good. I'm definitely trying this recipe soon. I still have ham in the freezer from Christmas. Thanks for posting.