It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over. Family has come and gone. Food has filled the table and generous portions have been consumed. But, as always, there’s a good amount of food left behind. I’ll be honest and say that my guys….well, they aren’t so big on leftovers. For most of the items I cook I try to precisely measure out how much I think they’ll eat with the exception of one item….the Hormel Cure 81 ham.
Because while most leftovers are met with disdain in my home, the exception is without a doubt our Thanksgiving ham. For years now, I’ve actually ensured that I have extra ham left once bellies are full and the table is cleared because equally important to our tradition of having a Hormel Cure 81 Ham for Thanksgiving is our tradition of turning the leftover portion of it into Cheesy Ham and Hashbrown Casserole in the days following our celebration.
So how did this tradition start? Well, every year we make a Hormel Cure 81 Bone-In Ham from Walmart as the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving celebration.
Not only is it easy to make and absolutely delicious but with the Cherrywood smoked flavor, it’s a meal that just seems to embody the holiday spirit. And since I can pick it up at Walmart in sizes that will serve our whole family, it’s the only choice when it comes to what will be cooking in my kitchen.
Of course I do all the traditional steps for our Thanksgiving meal….I bake my ham and glaze it to perfection. And then at just the right moment I serve it up in a display that brings my entire extended family running.
While I’ll admit that my guys put quite a dent in our Hormel Cure 81 Ham on Thanksgiving day, I’ve found that I have leftover ham once our festivities are over. I’ve tried the whole ham sandwich thing and while I could eat that for days (OK, honestly weeks) my guys get burned out on it rather quickly. Since for years now I’ve known that I need some way to take our leftover ham and turn it into a dish that is totally new, I’ve put my thinking cap on. I’ve flipped through old family recipes and I considered substitutions. And finally a few years back I settled on Ham and Hashbrown Casserole. Because (shhhh, don’t tell my guys) this amazing dish allows me to turn their favorite Thanksgiving dinner into a meal they beg for in the coming weeks.
What You Will Need:
2 Cups of Leftover Hormel Cure 81 Cherrywood Smoked Ham
6 Large Potatoes
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 Cup of Sour Cream
1 Large Sweet Onion
1 Cup of Diced Asparagus
1 Cup of Shredded Cheese
1/2 Cup of Bread Crumbs
How to Make It:
Making this easy meal that has ME giving thanks for leftovers starts with dicing up my leftover ham and placing it in a bowl.
Once the most important element of my meal is prepared, the rest is really quite simple. I start by taking the remainder of my potatoes that I didn’t use for Thanksgiving dinner and running them through my dicer to turn them into hashbrowns (OK, I admit it – I get a little help on this part).
Next, I layer those freshly cut hashbrowns into the bottom of a greased baking dish.
After quickly mixing together a can of cream of mushroom soup and a half a cup of sour cream, I pour half of the mixture on top of the hashbrowns.
Next, half of my diced ham is layered on.
This if followed by a layer of diced onions and chopped asparagus (again, leftovers from our Thanksgiving meal).
A layer of cheese tops the onions and asparagus.
Then I repeat the entire process again, adding layer after layer of delicious flavors.
After I’ve added two layers of the hashbrowns, soup and sour cream mixture, ham, onions and asparagus and cheese, I sprinkle a half a cup of breadcrubs over the top.
With all my layers of deliciousness ready, I simple pop my casserole into the oven on 350 degrees for fifty minutes.
While my Cheesy Ham and Hashbrown Casserole is cooking, my family likes to invite over our friends to catch up on our favorite sports teams and cheer hard during holiday games. After all, what holiday is complete without a football or basketball game?
Once my casserole is done, all that’s left to do is remove it from the oven, let it cool and let the smells of a family favorite waft through my home, bringing everyone running for what is arguably one of their favorite meals of the year.
As I dip up our delicious meal, there is not a single complaint about leftovers and instead there are only requests for seconds of this amazing meal that is made from leftover Thanksgiving dinner but tastes like a culinary delight that is brand new!
And surprisingly enough, this is the meal made from leftovers that turns into a leftover my guys will actually eat. In fact, I often find myself using all my leftover Hormel Cure 81 Ham to make batches of this family favorite so that we’ll be able to freeze it and enjoy it weekly until we have our next ham for Thanksgiving.
This year, I may even share and gift this delightful meal to friends and family as I invite them over to watch a little ball, eat a little food and fill up on a meal that will make everyone fall in love with leftovers. After all, it’s a season of sharing and I want to have everyone feeling festive for the love of ham.
This holiday season, don’t toss out that leftover ham! Because I can guarantee you that if you’re enjoying Hormel Cure 81 Bone-In Ham from Walmart, you’ll enjoy it even more as this delightful dish that makes leftovers truly amazing. Whether you grab those leftovers out and whip it up today or ensure that you have plenty of ham after your Christmas celebrations to try this treat, my guys recommend that you make this leftover meal as much a part of your celebrations as Thanksgiving dinner itself!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m turning our leftovers into a mouthwatering meal, I’d love to know you use your leftover Hormel Cure 81 Ham from Thanksgiving dinner!