Here is what you need for a family of 4-6:
1 24 oz frozen shredded hasbrowns, 1/2 cup minced onion (about 1/2 med. onion), 2- 10.75 oz cream of celery soup, 1- 8 oz cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, 1 1/2 -2 cups cooked, cubed ham (about 1/2 lb total), 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
Soften Cream Cheese (notice I had 4 laid out b/c I made this meal for my co-op group) and Cube your ham
Cream the cream cheese and 2 cans of cream of celery soup together.
Stir in chopped onions, ham, cheese and pepper to the soup mixture
Break apart frozen hashbrowns, gently stir in.
Place in a gallon freezer bag get as much air out as possible, label and Freeze!
Reheating Directions: Thaw, place in a greased baking dish. Bake uncovered 1 hr at 350 degrees, uncover and top with cheddar (optional) and return to oven until cheese is melted!
Every one in our family loved this dish. I honestly thought it was great, but next time might use it as a side dish instead of the main dish. This would probably be great for a brunch meal as well! To make this meal a bit healthier, opt for the low fat/no fat cheese!
*Freezer Cooking Tips I learned from making this recipe:
- If you are freezing using a freezer bag, freeze with the bag laying flat. This will allow you to stack your frozen items easier and give you more freezer space!
- Also, I label my freezer items with the 1. Recipe name, 2. Date Made & 3. Reheating directions (listed above). By adding the reheating directions, I can simply pull it out and know how to reheat w/ out having to look anything up! If you are a part of a meal co-op this will also make it easy to pass on reheating directions to others
- This freezer recipe has already frozen potatoes in the ingredient list. Already frozen potatoes tend to work great in a freezer meal, but baking potatoes/red potatoes do not tend to freeze/reheat very well!
- This recipe called for cooked ham. Instead of baking the ham, I bought the already cooked 5 lb ham from Wal-Mart. It cost about $6.00 for the ham and I only used 1/2 of it to make 4 of this recipe. I then took the leftover ham, cut some into cubes and some into ham steaks and froze in freezer bags. Now I have ham ready to pull out to use for omelets, dinner or another casserole. Plus I didn't have to do anything but cut it up before freezing!
- Expect your kitchen to be a mess when you are done making this meal for a co-op group. I made 4 batches of this dish and I used about every open space in my kitchen as a "station." I had a cutting station, mixing station, labeling station and freezer bag station. I didn't even have to pre-cook anything for this meal and my kitchen was a MESS! Just take a look...