Comfort Food


My son wants me to publish a Gluten and Dairy Free eCookbook. Here’s the start of that.

Ham and Potato Casserole

I’m reposting this recipe to correct a formatting problem I had.

It is April 9, 2020, which means we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. We haven’t hit the peak yet and times are still very uncertain. For that reason, I decided my first recipe should be an example of comfort food, and this recipe just exudes the qualities of comfort – warmth, ease in making, and familiar flavors blended together.

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I do want to say that I am not going to post recipes that you can only get to after reading (or swiping through, which is what I usually do) paragraph after paragraph of the author’s life and history of each ingredient, haha! I have included Jump to Recipe and Print Recipe buttons for your convenience, and I will keep the text short.

I need to start off by saying that my husband HATES casseroles. Even just the word itself will bring eye rolling and groans of disgust. This is the exception. He not only looks forward to this dinner, he gets seconds, and even third helpings. This is one meal that does not make it to the leftovers containers. Even my very picky kids liked this one. It is also exactly like the same ham and potato casserole my mother used to make (well, except for the DF and GF ingredients, of course) before she discovered how much easier it was to use Spam and boxed scallop potatoes (ugh!!) This recipe is the real deal!!

I first found this recipe in the cookbook that came along with our very first microwave, back in the 1980’s. It had one control – a dial to set the time. And it lasted 13 years! They don’t last that long any more, do they? And it cooks beautifully in the microwave, which is why I still make it that way. Of course, the times are different than with the original microwave, but those were easily adjusted. If you prefer to bake it in the oven, feel free to do so, at 350 degrees, for about 30 minutes or so.

Okay – a few pictures with comments, then on to the recipe.

Simple Ingredients you probably have at home.

Here are the ingredients. One of the best things about this recipe is that the ingredients are things you may already have on hand, except maybe the ham. I usually cut up leftover ham roast and use it for this recipe, but I didn’t have any this week, so I purchased diced ham instead.

Something else you may notice is that I’m using almond milk and soy-free “butter spread”. I have made it well known that I prefer soy milk products because they are the closest to dairy milk in nutrients and usability. There are 2 reasons why I’m not using it here. First, in these food hoarding times, you have to take what you can get, and almond milk has been more available at our local stores right now. Also, to my regret and dismay, I have had to give up soy products for the time being (I hope not permanently) for health reasons, so I’m making due with other “milk beverages” for now.

All cut up and ready to go. I do use dried minced onion in this recipe, but you could cut up a couple teaspoons of fresh onion if you prefer.



This white sauce is so easy, and very forgivable. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on your microwave’s wattage, but don’t worry the white sauce will forgive you and be delicious whenever the potatoes are ready to eat.
Here is the casserole ready to go in the microwave (or oven if you prefer)

And here is the finished product! As you can see, I don’t add the cheese (real or DF). We like it very well without it. But if you have a favorite DF cheese you’d like to add, go for it (although I’d really recommend trying it without first).

Ham and Potato Casserole

Gluten and Dairy Free, creamy and delicious, full of the flavors of ham and potatoes surrounded by an easy white sauce
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • microwave
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup dairy free milk
  • 2 tbsp dairy free butter
  • 2 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper you can use white pepper if you like, but it's not necessary
  • 1 1/2 cups potatoes, thin slices
  • 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 1 tsp diced onion I usually use 1/2 – 1 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 cup dairy free shredded cheese (optional) I think it tastes great without the cheese

Instructions
 

  • Pour milk into 2 cups glass measure. Cook in microwave 1 minute 30 seconds, set aside
  • Place DF butter in 2 cups glass measure. Cook 45 seconds. Stir in flour and cook 45 seconds more.
  • Briskly stir hot milk, mustard and salt and pepper into butter/flour mixture. (Mixture will thicken with cooking)
  • Place potatoes, ham, and onion in 1 1/2 quart casserole.
  • Pour in milk mixture and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook 18 minutes (Cook time will vary depending microwave), stirring twice during cooking time. (You can also bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes if you prefer)
  • Remove from microwave/oven. If using cheese, sprinkle in on top and cover the casserole to allow the cheese to melt, about 5 minutes.
Keyword gluten and dairy free ham, potatoes, white sauce

NOTES

Please let me know what you think of this easy, delicious, and comforting recipe.  I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does! That’s it. Super easy. Super comforting. Super delicious! Enjoy fork-fulls of comforting Good Food with your Dear Family. (Did you see what I did there?) :o)

Lori

Published by hollandgirlfarm

I am a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and new Homesteader! I will be sharing gluten and dairy free recipes and tips, herbal teas and medicinals, and new adventures as we explore the world of homesteading. I'm happy to have you join the fun!

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