New Potato, Ham & Broccoli Cheese Casserole


This rich and hearty casserole is definitely for a crowd.  I've served it both as a main dish and as a side dish.  I came up with this recipe, because I needed something last minute to take to a potluck dinner.  My family loves a one dish meal and this dish is easy to put together and it's filling. This casserole would  be a great option to serve at a family, church, or office gathering because  the flavor combination is always a crowd pleaser.  I often say, this is one of those casseroles, you make because it's delicious and satisfying.  It's simple, down home, goodness on a plate!


You'll need:
3 lbs red potatoes, cut into bite size cubes
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 lb cubed ham
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 [12 oz] can evaporated milk
1 [10 3.4 oz] can broccoli cheese soup
1 [16 oz] easy melt cheese [such as Velveeta ]
1 [0.4 oz] pkg buttermilk dressing mix [such as Hidden Valley]
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
salt and black pepper to taste
4 chopped green onions
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed french fried onions

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Set aside.  Clean and separate the broccoli florets into small bite sized pieces.  Blot the broccoli dry with a paper towel to remove any excess water.  Cube the red potatoes into bite sized pieces leaving the peel intact.  In a large mixing bowl whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.  For the Velveeta,  melt in a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 of the evaporated milk until smooth, then add to the sauce.  Stir together the melted butter, remaining evaporated milk, broccoli cheese soup, buttermilk dressing mix, Dijon mustard.  Season with additional salt and black pepper to taste.  Toss in the diced potato, cubed ham, broccoli florets, green onions and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  Mix  until all of the ingredients are evenly coated.  Pour into the prepared baking dish.


Bake for 55 minutes.  Remove the from the oven, stir and sprinkle with the crushed onions and remaining shredded cheese. Return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.  Let the casserole sit for 10 minutes on the counter to allow the sauce to thicken before serving.  Yield: 10-12 servings

Cook's note:
Most of the seasoning in this dish is in the buttermilk dressing mix.  You may still need to add salt and black pepper to your taste.
Would you like to spice it up a little?  Add cayenne pepper to the sauce base.

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