Feeding a large crowd this year? Enjoying the benefits of cooking a large ham?
Have a ton leftover? You will love this cheesy ham and potato pie!
I don’t know about you, but this Holiday season, I’m going with the words “make it easy”. I’m doing everything I can to keep things simple, but thoughtful. I’m trying to stick with low stress, and high return. With guests coming in, I’m looking at recipes that feed large crowds and can be utilized in more than one way. Right now, I’m loving Hormel Cure 81 Bone In Hams. They are good size, and are a cinch to make.
Later on this week, you’ll see exactly how I cooked the ham for a crowd! Today though, I’m focusing on what I did with the leftovers. This is a simple and rustic dish, but it’s so yummy. You can make ahead and place in the fridge or the freezer. By utilizing leftover ham, you are getting more bang for your buck. This is a great family meal, but it can be dressed up a bit to work as a party dish. The dish is geared towards my English roots, and says “British” all over it. It features large cubes of ham, fresh potato slices, and a wonderful puff pastry. To put a spin on things, I’ve added Italian seasoning and Italian cheese.
The fluffy puff pastry as a bottom and top crust is what makes this dish so special.
Easy to take for a potluck, or as a simple meal on a cold winter day.
Why settle with ham sandwiches when you could have this?
So let’s get started!
Before I start, I pull my puff pastry sheets out of the freezer to begin to thaw.
To make this recipe go quickly, I used my food processor to slice the potatoes. You could do this thinly by hand, or with a mandolin.
Next, I placed them on the stovetop covered with water, and allowed to come to a boil. Once a boil was reached, I allowed them to simmer for 5 minutes.
I then drained the potatoes and added the cream and spices.
I think I could eat the potatoes just like this!
The assembly of the pie is “as easy as pie"
Lay down the puff pastry, add a layer of potatoes. Follow with the ham, and cheese. Start another layer of potatoes, ham and cheese. Top with the other sheet of puff pastry.
Poke holes to allow the pie to be vented, and bake! If you’d like, you can add an egg wash to the puff pastry.
CHEESY POTATO AND HAM PIEIngredients:
5 medium sized potatoes (I use a mix of yellow and red)
1 large cup of cubed ham (I used leftover Hormel Cure 81 Bone In Ham)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup cheese (I used shredded Italian)
1/2 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 sheets puff pastry
1 egg, optional for egg wash.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Pull puff pastry sheets out of freezer and allow to thaw.
3. Peel your potatoes. Slice into thin to medium thin slices by hand, with a mandolin, or with a food processor.
4. Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Salt. Allow to come to a boil.
5. Once potatoes come to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, and allow to cook 5 minutes, or until just tender.
6. Drain potatoes. Stir in cream and spices.
7. Begin assembly of the pie: First layer a sheet of puff pastry. Next, add 1/2 of the potatoes slices, top with 1/2 the ham and cheese. Begin another layer of potatoes, and again top with ham and cheese.
8. Finish the pie by placing the second sheet of puff pastry on top. Prick holes for venting, and add an egg wash on top if desired.
9. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until puff pastry is puffed.
I prefer the Hormel Cure 81 Bone In Ham because it can feed a crowd. It requires minimal work, and I can use the leftovers with recipes like this, for sandwiches, or in omelettes. It makes the hectic days around the holiday much smoother.
I picked up my Hormel Ham while I was in Walmart purchasing some wrapping paper. I found the hams in one of the open freezers, back by the meat department.
Here’s a close up so you can see what the packaging looks like:
I picked the Cherrywood smoked ham, and I’m so glad I did. It was fall off the bone good!
I’d love it if you shared my pin on pinterest!
Be sure to be on the lookout later this week on how exactly I prepared my ham!
It’s a recipe that is bound to become a quick family favorite!
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Leave me a comment, and tell me what your favorite ham recipe is! Any tricks for leftovers?