Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday Dinner: Ham with Apples and Cheese

When I made space for our yearly beef order recently, I found several things in my freezer that I didn't know I was missing. One of them was a package of ham scraps left from Easter.  I made this casserole (below) and my husband complimented me over and over, saying this was pure comfort food.  Perhaps you can use your Christmas ham scraps to make it!

waiting for Sunday dinner

thaw ham

Sunday morning:
assemble Ham with Apples and Cheese, put on timed bake
set brussels sprouts out
thaw cornbread

Sunday noon:
set table
saute brussels sprouts
warm up cornbread in oven

The ham dish is quite rich and soft, so I like to serve it with a crunchy green salad or, in this case, brussels sprouts with vinegar and salt.  I also served cranberry applesauce and a few slices of cornbread for mopping up the delicious juices.

caught in the act of eating out of the serving dish

Ham with Apples and Cheese - copied from a cookbook at work, but then I tweaked it a bit
1 1/2 - 2 lbs. thick ham slices, chunked
2-3 tart apples, sliced (I don't peel them)
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
6 slices sharp cheddar cheese, enough to cover the top
1 cup plain yogurt

Make a layer of the ham over the bottom of a greased, deep-dish pie plate.  Lay the apples over them. (I had sweet apples, so I sprinkled them with lemon juice)  Separately, mix flour, sugar, and butter to make crumbs.  Sprinkle these on top of apples.  Cover with cheese slices.  Dollop yogurt over the top.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour, until bubbling and browned on top.


  1. Looks good. I have some ham leftover. Perfect dinner plan.

  2. This sounds good and looks good. Ham and cheese - with extras. Yum. Must try.

  3. Definitely yum! Pinned for after Christmas...

  4. Margo, I made this! I had some ham languishing... yes, languishing in the frig and so I whipped this up for breakfast. Not only was in delicious, it was very satisfying. Thanks for sharing; I've never seen a ham casserole like it and I definitely prefer it over the standard ham and potatoes casserole.

  5. Christian, excellent! I was just complaining today that ham is my favorite leftover and I don't have any right now. Must acquire a ham so I can have ham with apples and cheese for breakfast.

  6. Looks so good..
    And a very pretty photo of you..

  7. That sounds wonderful. Unfortunately my husband can't have dairy. :(

    I love brussels sprouts, but have never had them with vinegar. You've piqued my curiosity.

  8. Tracy, I think vinegar is the key to a number of dishes! Like salt or pepper. . .

  9. I have literally had this open in a tab since you posted it - FINALLY made it last night with half of the leftover Christmas ham, and I could not stop eating it. YUM - thank you!

  10. Sara, yay! Thanks for reporting back. I think it's time for me to make this again, come to think of it.


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