Looking for an amazing homecooked meal that is not only filling but quick? This cheesy ham and potato casserole is often referred to as “funeral potatoes” or “ham hash brown casserole”. Whatever name you call it, this layered casserole bake with cheesy ham never has any leftovers.
Totally southern comfort food, this recipe is a hearty side dish that can be served as a side or a breakfast dish with ease. Grab a bag of frozen potatoes, leftover diced ham, and condensed cream of chicken soup and molded with lots of shredded cheddar cheese creates the most delicious combination.
As a bonus, this casserole recipe is perfect for a potluck, cookout, or picnic and feeds a crowd!
Why this Recipe Works
Great for leftover Ham: This casserole is one of the recipes that take leftover ham (especially from holidays that are common to make ham, like Easter) and allows you to use it in a new way! Almost no one can resist cheese, ham, and potatoes.
Enjoyable Crunchy Topping: In the past, most of the casseroles I have had include a corn flake or dried onion topping and both are great toppings for this recipe, however I think you will just love the cup of Rice Krispie (be careful not to get the sugared ones or that takes on a whole new meaning) for the crunchy topping.
Easy Comfort Food: No need to use fresh grated potatoes, diced down potatoes or even scallop them. Simply use frozen shredded OR diced potatoes, which makes this dish a true mix and bake casserole without the work.
I love side dishes that can be main dishes and this ham potato casserole with soup is a perfect liaison.
- frozen shredded potatoes (like hash browns, diced potatoes, etc) -mine were about half frozen. Just bash them on the counter to break them apart before opening the bag.
- unflavored/plain Greek yogurt (or substitute sour cream)
- cream of chicken soup – before you ask, yes, you can substitute for other “cream of” soups, which changes the flavor. If you prefer a different type of soup, that is totally fine!
- cheddar cheese – Cheddar works best for ham, but there are a variety of other great cheese flavors and it’s fine to substitute
- cooked ham – This recipe is fantastic for leftover ham from dinner dishes or holidays. Ham can also be purchased already cooked in slices or diced down in the deli department or packaged meat department in the store.
- Rice Krispies cereal
- Don’t want to use pre-made frozen potatoes? You can hand slice your potatoes if you want a “from scratch funeral potato” recipe. Just use a Cheese Grater to shred your potatoes.
- Be careful not to accidentally purchased Rice Krispie Cereal with sugar.
- Grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and preheat oven to 350. If you skip the greasing, you might be picking those potatoes off the sides.
How to make Ham Hash brown Casserole
Steps 1-3: In a large bowl, add frozen shredded potatoes, plain Greek yogurt, cream of chicken soup, 1/4 cup (half stick) melted butter, salt, onion powder, shredded cheddar cheese and diced ham. Mix all ingredients well.
Step 4: Spread potato mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Step 5: Top with a Riced Krispy cereal and drizzle with remaining 1/2 stick of melted butter.
Step 6: Bake for 40-50 minutes or until dish is bubbly around the edges and hot in the center. This ham casserole serves approximately 10-12 people as a side dish.
Any recipe that combines cheese, potatoes and canned soup is pretty much always SO good. This dish is enjoyable, cheesy, and perfect for a large potluck.
Yes! Just spray down a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except for the topping, and put into a slow cooker. Layer on Rice Krispie topping and drizzle with melted butter. Cover slow cooker and cook on low for about 5 hours.
Absolutely! There is no prep work needed when using pre-diced ham and frozen hash browns. Just combine, stir and bake. This dish makes a great side dish or even a full filling breakfast meal.
You can always leave the ham out of course and then it simply becomes a traditional funeral potato side dish, but I always feel like the addition of proteins make it even more hearty and easily translates to a full dinner that just needs a simple vegetable side dish recipe like Southern Style Green Beans.
Serve along side eggs, grits, bread pudding, air fryer cinnamon apples or a sweet breakfast casserole.
More Recipes to Enjoy
If you still have left over ham, try Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Texas Cheese Fries, and Mashed Potatoes and Cream Cheese (with ham) as well. Might as well face it- potatoes and ham in ANY form is just about the perfect recipe marriage!
If you need more casserole recipe dishes to serve for a party or potluck, my favorite recipes to fill up a crowd are:
- Chicken Casserole with Ritz: Nice crunch and a great main dish
- Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole: Main dish or side dish both and related to a traditional broccoli cheese casserole
- Keto Cauliflower Casserole: Loaded up with cheese and bacon, a no guilt way to enjoy “potatoes”
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