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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ham, Potato, Turkey and Three Cheese Casserole and Some Blog Awards

Before I go to today's recipe, I want to take this chance to thank five of my awesome blogger friends for sharing some blog awards with me which I am truly grateful for. Some of the awards were from last year. My sincerest apologies for acknowledging them just now. I would also like to take this opportunity to share these with some wonderful bloggers who I admire for their effort in putting up a terrific blog.

Blog on Fire Award and Cute Little Chef Award 
Thanks Kym of Free Spirit Eater for these!

I'm passing on these awards to:
 Cherry on Top Award and The Versatile Blogger Award
Thanks Shirley of Shirley's Luxury Haven for these two awards and also to 
Jo of Chick & Gorgeous Treats for The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

I am passing on these awards to:
Barbara of Spanish4Kiddos
Bianca of Becoming Bianca 
Ridwan of Ridwan's Kitchen

The Fabulous Blog Award
Thanks EasyFoodSmith for this!

I am passing on this award to:

 Cherry on Top Award,The Cutest Blog Award, Kreativ Blogger and The Circle of Friends Award
Thanks Akheela of TorviewToronto for these!

I am passing on these awards to:
Amy of uTry.It
 If you are one of the award recipients, feel free to share it with  your blog friends who you think are deserving like you! 

And now, for today's recipe:

This Ham, Potato, Turkey and Three Cheese Casserole is a delicious all-in-one meal that I came up with to make use of our leftover ham and turkey from the holidays. 
I combined sweet ham, turkey, potatoes, heavy cream and three kinds of cheese (American, cheddar and Parmesan) to make this as cheesy and creamy as my daughters want it to be, then I topped it with Panko bread crumbs for a crunchy finish. This is just so delicious not to mention so easy to prepare. You just have to combine all the ingredients, topped it with cheese sauce which you just have to whisk on the stove for a few minutes, then put it in the oven.

Comfort food at its finest is what this is! You should really give this a try! This also works well with chicken or with just plain ham or sausage...

*Serves 6-8
  • 1 cup sweet ham, diced
  • 2 ½ cups turkey, diced or flaked
  • 3 cups potatoes, sliced
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup butter 
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Layer turkey, ham, potato slices and sliced onion in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper.
3. In a saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter then whisk the Velveeta and cheddar cheese, milk, heavy cream and garlic powder until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Pour and spread it evenly over the meat, potatoes and onions.  

4. Cover the casserole with a glass lid or foil. Bake for 40 minutes, then remove the cover. Sprinkle with panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 more minutes or until golden brown and the sauce is bubbly.
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