Comfort Food. – Food that feeds your body and your soul.
This Cheesy Ham and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole is Comfort Food.
It is a food that when eaten with family and friends, nourishes, comforts, fills and satisfies. It’s food that causes silence and then a chorus of sighs and mmmmmmmms.
This is the food of your childhood and your best memories.
Everyone has a recipe for Hashbrown Bakes and Casseroles, those recipes passed among friends and family. Virtually everyone (at least all the Southerners) have a casserole that falls into this category.
This is my new favorite of all favorites. It’s cheesy and gooey, hot and slightly crisp, while creamy, with just a dash of tang from the sour cream and a sweet bite from the onions.
I bring this recipe to the school several times a year, and at the beginning of each school year the questions begin — when do we get the hashbrown casserole? That makes me a ridiculous kind of happy.
I love sharing food, sharing comfort, sharing happiness and my southern love for soul nurturing food – it’s one of my happy things.
Grate 2 C of good sharp cheddar cheese (or.. pepper jack would be FABULOUS if you like that extra ZING!!!), chop 1/2 of one large yellow onion and 10 oz of cooked ham
Mix together with 2 (10.5 oz) cans of cream of potato soup, 1 (16 oz) tub of sour cream and a 30 oz package of frozen shredded hashbrowns, add about 1 Tbsp pepper (start with 1/2 Tbsp if you’re sensitive), 1/2 Tbsp salt, a dash of paprika (smoked, if you have it).
Once this is all thoroughly mixed, layer it into a 9X13 (will fill) or a 10 X 15 (to make thinner servings) casserole dish
Top with 2 C of your favorite grated cheese blend. I use an Italian Blend: Parmesan, Mozzarella, Fontina, Provolone, Asiago and Romano (If you’re keeping count… that’s SEVEN cheeses in this dish)*
Place in the oven and bake at 325 for 1 hour, or until hot and bubbly and golden brown around the edges
This dish will have everyone wanting more and asking for the recipe. They’ll probably even offer to do the dishes for you, in exchange for the recipe *wink, wink*