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What do you think of this ham casserole idea?

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Birmingham Apr 7, 2010 08:01 PM

I'm not a creative cooker/baker like some of you folks: I just follow recipes. But I'm already tired of the rich foods we had for Easter and would like to use up the leftover ham using rice instead of more cheesy potatoes.

I've got a casserole recipe that I often make with canned tuna or salmon: rice, tuna, mushroom soup with milk, peas or green beans, shredded cheddar, etc.--with a bread crumb topping.

Does it sound like it would work with ham instead of the tuna? I don't have any peas or green beans but I have some beautiful green onions. What do you think?

Also, the original recipe calls for dry mustard which I do put in even though you can't really taste it. Think I should double the amount--or would regular prepared mustard work better?

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Cherylptw RE: Birmingham Apr 7, 2010 10:23 PM

    I don't see why it wouldn't work instead of tuna; I'd keep in mind that ham is salty and cheddar has salt so cut back on your salt when seasoning. Mustard goes very well with ham; if you can't taste it with what you're already putting in and you want to taste it, add more.

    I've substituted prepared mustard in recipes asking for dry successfully. If you're using prepared, I don't know if I'd double it as it's stronger than dry but that's JMO

    1. tokyo RE: Birmingham Apr 8, 2010 06:44 AM

      I agree, ham would be just fine in this recipe. My mother used to make a very similar casserole with ham and broccoli, a good combo with the cheddar cheese. I would suggest using fresh asparagus, which is a nice flavor to go with ham. Granted, you probably don't have fresh asparagus laying around either ; ), but I think you will want some type of vegetable besides the green onions, for texture and balance.

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        lexpatti RE: Birmingham Apr 8, 2010 06:54 AM

        I too think that would work fine.

        You could also do a nice dish by mixing your rice, chopped ham, cheese, any vegies and a couple beatin eggs and making one big strudel using phyllo dough, bake it. Let it cool a bit, slice. Like this pic:

         
        1. coll RE: Birmingham Apr 8, 2010 07:18 AM

          For some reason I'm thinking maybe pineapple chunks?

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            arupiper RE: Birmingham Apr 8, 2010 07:34 AM

            I would omit the cream of mushroom soup. Not only is it high in fat and cals, but high in salt and MSG, and it tends to overwhelm all the other flavors.

            I suggest using Arborio rice to get the creaminess we all like, and cooking the rice in chicken stock.

            Here's my take on your recipe.

            INgredients:

            Leftover Ham
            Frozen Peas and carrots
            cheddar Cheese
            4 cups of Chicken Stock
            Onion
            Butter
            1 cup of Arborio Rice

            Method
            Melt butter in wide shallow pan. Chop onion and saute. Add the ham and cook with onion. Add the rice, and cook althogether for about 5 minutes, stirring. Add the chicken brother about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring. After the chicken stock is halfway gone, add the frozen peas and carrot. When the rice has abosorbed all the stock, and is the consistency you like, stir in the cheese. Enjoy.

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              Birmingham RE: arupiper Apr 8, 2010 09:02 AM

              Oh wow, thanks for this idea! We just bought a Zojurishi rice cooker and all different kinds of rice to try out. Bought arborio to make rice pudding but this would be a neat thing to try. I've got "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook" and they have several risotto recipes to make in the rice cooker. I'm going to try this with the ham.

            2. chef chicklet RE: Birmingham Apr 8, 2010 08:12 AM

              I think it sounds very good, in fact I've been thinking what I want to do with some of my ham. I'm going to go spicy, by adding some minced jalapenos, corn, potatoes and cheese. First though, I'm going to fry the ham to try to get some crispy edges, and for some crazy reason I just want to top it with salsa...

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                coll RE: chef chicklet Apr 8, 2010 09:12 AM

                My latest thing is to make my leftover ham into "red eye" type ham by cooking in cast iron with a bit of chopped onions in a tiny bit of fat (butter or bacon grease for me) until all very brown, almost burnt, then pour in a nice splash of leftover coffee (black, or with add-ins, doesn't matter) and quickly reduce the liquid til it's gone. So so good, I've been adding this to quiche, omelettes, lentil and split pea soup and on and on, it's as tasty as bacon.

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