Ham and Hash Browns Au Gratin

It is the first Sunday of Advent.
We began our Christmas season with these beautiful verses from Luke this morning and will decorate our sanctuary, as a body of believers, with our annual Hanging of the Green ceremony tonight, all in celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ.

Luke 1:30-35

30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
 34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
 35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God."
 38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

I made this casserole for Sunday school today.  It received many compliments!  I made it with some of our leftover Honey Baked Ham, which Leigh and Brendan brought for our Thanksgiving gathering. Yummy!

Ham and Hash Browns Au Gratin

Ham and Hash Browns Au Gratin

2 cups chopped ham
1 (32 ounce) bag frozen hash brown potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste (I use white pepper.)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Melt butter; add flour, whisking until smooth.  Gradually add 2 cups of milk.  Whisk until thickened.  Add 2 cups of cheddar and cream cheese.  Stir until smooth. Combine cheese sauce, potatoes, and ham.  Add 1/2 cup of milk.  Stir until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Spoon into prepared baking dish, cover tightly with foil, and bake for about 50 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheddar cheese and paprika.  Return to oven long enough to melt cheese.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favorite type breakfast recipes. There are so many different ones out there, I would like to try them all! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)


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