Ham Potato Chip Casserole


Here’s my take on that oldie but goodie, Potato Chip Casserole.  I don’t care to use expensive, who-knows-what’s-in-them canned soups, so I made a thick white sauce that is just the right consistency and only costs pennies. It didn’t take much extra work, as I already had the pan dirty from sautéing the vegetables.  
I had ham on hand, and a little Swiss cheese.  I have also made this with cheddar cheese…just as good.  If you don’t like peas, try celery, diced green peppers or sliced mushrooms sautéed with the onion.  Of course, you can just stir in a can of drained tuna instead of the ham.
Serve this with a nice salad and fruit for dessert…back to the fifties’. 
Ham and Egg Potato Chip Casserole
  6        Ounces  Ham -- diced
  2        Tablespoons  Onion -- chopped
  4        Tablespoons  Butter
  4        Tablespoons  Flour
     ¼     Teaspoon  Salt
  1        Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons  Milk
  2        Ounces  Swiss Cheese -- shredded
  1        Dash  Celery Salt
  1        Cup  Frozen Peas -- thawed and drained
  3        Large  Eggs -- hard cooked and large dice
     ½    Cup  Potato Chips -- slightly crushed
            Additional Potato Chips for Topping -- slightly crushed
Cover the eggs with water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let set 16 minutes.  Drain and cover with cold water.  Peel and dice.  This may be done ahead of time; even the day before.
In small saucepan, sauté the ham and onion in the butter.  Blend in the flour and cook 1 minute.  Remove from heat, add milk and salt and blend well.  Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.  Blend in the cheese, celery salt, peas, chips and eggs. 

Turn into a greased 1 quart casserole or four greased 12 ounce casseroles. Bake uncovered at 350° for 25 minutes or until hot; stir. Top with additional chips, bake 5 minutes more. Serves 3-4.

2 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the classic tuna casserole. I sent the recipe to my then boyfriend now husband when he was in college. He loved it and it was a nice change from the bucket of chicken that he otherwise lived in. Thanks for the memory😀

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  2. That sounds so good, but I have to halve everything now ... I might try to make a smaller portion!

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