Healthified Ham and Potato Hotdish

Leftover ham, you say?  I’ve got a great tasty solution for you!

This is a new lighter healthier version of an oldie, but goodie, like Mom made.  A “hotdish” supper which tastes as good as Mom’s did, but with a lot less fat and calories; coming in at 290 calories for 1 serving.  It’s a Live Better America recipe.

It is truly delicious ~ Bill and I really like this dish! I’ve made it using spiral honey ham after Easter, and a ham steak at other times throughout the year.  I see the grocery store now carries plastic containers filled with cubed ham!  How easy is that? 

It’s cheesy comfort food, no matter what ham you use ~ it’s a keeper!

Healthified Ham and Potato Casserole



4 cups unpeeled red potatoes, about 4 medium

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

¼ cup chopped onion

1½ cups skim milk

2 tablespoons flour

¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise

1 teaspoon seasoned pepper

1 tablespoon Mrs Dash Steak Seasoning

1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish, if desired

2 cups cubed cooked ham


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook potatoes in boiling water until fork tender, drain and cube.

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.

Add bell pepper and onion, cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix milk and flour with wire whisk until well blended.

Stir into vegetables in skillet.

Heat to boiling.

Reduce heat, cook uncovered 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Stir in mayonnaise, pepper, Mrs Dash and cheese; stir until cheese is melted.

Place ham and potatoes in ungreased 2-quart casserole.

Pour milk mixture over ham mixture; stir to combine.

Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and light golden brown on top.

Garnish with cheese, if desired.

6 servings (about 1 cup each)



  1. Pam, I like this kind of meal...but I'd have to leave out the bell peppers... Otherwise, this is pure comfort food, despite the fact that it's fairly healthy! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Dear Pam, This looks good! I love satisfying meals like this and the plus is without all the calories.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  3. Pam I love how you present these dishes Im absolutely hungry!:)

  4. Looks delicious and easy to make too ~ Thanks Pam ~ Have a good week ~

  5. I should not read food blogs before dinner!

    M :)

  6. The perfect leftover dish, Pam! Thank you so much for sharing...

  7. Dishes like Mom made with less calories and fat - what's not to like.

  8. This looks delicious! And with less calories, less guilt with second helpings!

  9. This is pure creamy heaven Pam! Very comforting and family friendly meal!

  10. Definitely comfort food here and a great idea for left-over ham.

  11. Pam,
    A great dish for leftovers. We can never have too much healthy comfort food. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I had never heard of this..looks cheesy good Pam..and really good in calorie content!

  13. Leftover ham this time of year - absolutely! Great dish - love everything about it. Have a wonderful week!

  14. Who would have ever thought? I've never thought of using left over ham for a dish like this. Looks tasty and I just so happen to have some ham in my ref....

  15. Sometimes I just crave a good casserole and this one looks delicious. I bought an extra large ham this year so we would have some good leftovers. My recipe is so rich and this looks like a delicious change.

  16. I love creating other meals out of leftovers like this. We had a turkey breast but it looks like we'll eat it all in sandwiches! Hugs!

  17. Such a great use of easter ham leftovers!!

  18. This looks good too! Ive made your red potatoes several times already from a few posts ago...they are SO good!


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