If you have some ham left over from New Year’s, you might enjoy this dish that was inspired by one I had seen in an old cookbook. I changed it a lot to make a light luncheon entrée that my daughters and I enjoyed.
HAM AND APPLE PUDDING
- 2 cups bread cubes
- 1 cup cubed, cooked ham
- 2 Tblsp. butter
- 2 cups tart apple slices
- 1 Tblsp. dark brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 Tblsp. prepared mustard
- 2 Tblsp. dried minced onions
- Thin white sauce (Recipe below)
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- 1 Tblsp. butter
THIN WHITE SAUCE
2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
¾ cup cold milk
¾ cup hot milk
1 packet Goya ham seasoning (optional)*
Salt/pepper if not using Goya ham seasoning
*Goya ham seasoning is an easy way to add some extra delicious ham flavor to any dish.
In the bottom of the casserole dish place the bread cubes…
In a medium skillet over medium low heat, melt the butter and add the apple slices. Cook, turning frequently for 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard, and onions. Continue to cook and stir for another 3 minutes until apples are fork tender. Place this mixture on top of the layer of ham.
Make the thin white sauce:
In a small pan, whisk together the flour and cold milk until smooth. Add the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat until mixture starts to boil. Continue to cook and whisk for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in ham seasoning or salt/pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the mixture in the casserole.
In a small skillet melt 1 Tblsp. butter, add crumbs and toss to coat. Sprinkle buttered crumbs on top of casserole.
Bake @ 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown. Serve immediately.