Ham can be an intimidating thing for some people. Not the cooking so much, cooking a ham is pretty straight forward. Even if all you do is take it out of the package and heat it up, it’s hard to mess up a ham. No, the intimidating thing is the sheer size of a ham and all of the leftovers that comes with it. The average person, with their one refrigerator takes a look at a 12 pound ham and says “What am I going to do with all of that?” It’s an excellent question really. It’s difficult for even the most adamant ham-lovers to eat an entire ham in one sitting. Therefore, leftover ham is a given and Easter has just passed us by, so I’m guessing that you (like me) have a giant foil-wrapped hunk of cured meat hanging out in the fridge competing for space with the milk jug.
What we need is a few good recipes to use up this delicious ham. Now, I’m all for a ham sandwich and ham and beans (don’t let that ham bone go to waste!) but a weeknight dinner or two wouldn’t hurt either.
I’m a big fan of the tangy, hammy goodness of chicken cordon bleu. What I’m not a fan off is all of the prep that goes along with it. I don’t usually have the time to flatten out the chicken breast, thinly slice the ham, roll it up with cheese and then coat it in breadcrumbs. It’s delicious but time consuming, so why not throw all of the ingredients into one dish and call it a casserole? If you made a turkey to go along with your Easter ham please use turkey instead of chicken in this dish. And if you want leftovers to take to work this week, feel free to double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 pan instead of an 8×8. You could substitute some crushed pork rinds for the fried onions, but honestly, the onions are going to be so much tastier.
Other Easy Keto Dishes:
- 2 pounds chicken breast cooked and cubed
- ½ pound ham cubed
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons white wine optional
- 1 lemon juiced
- 5 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
- ½ cup fried onions
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and spread the chicken in the bottom of the dish in an even layer. Top with the cubed ham.
- In a blender or food processor, blend the cream cheese, melted butter, mustard, seasonings, wine and lemon juice until creamy and well combined (you want the consistency to be like cheese dip so if it’s really thick add in a couple tablespoons of water or wine to thin it out). Spread the cream cheese sauce over the ham and chicken.
- Top with the Swiss cheese slices and sprinkle with the fried onions. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the cheese is melted. Serve with a salad and enjoy!
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