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Ham and potatoes may seem like a pretty basic meal, but this is a dish that takes it to the next level. The ingredients are combined to make a casserole like dish that works perfectly with the other ingredients. Read on to find out more about how you can make it for your family.

Easy Whipped Potatoes

There are many elements of this dish that add to its deliciousness, but the whipped potatoes may just be the star of the show.

Some people confuse whipped potatoes and mashed potatoes, but the difference is in the preparation.

Mashed potatoes are mashed with a special tool until smooth. Milk or butter is usually added to make a creamy texture.

Whipped potatoes are beaten with a mixer or blender until they are smooth. This gives them a fluffy, airy texture which differs from mashed potatoes that usually have a heavier consistency.

The whipped potatoes in this recipe are made by peeling 6 medium sized potatoes. They are then cut into chunks and place in a saucepan.

Add 2” of water to cover the potatoes and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.

Mix potatoes with an electric mixer adding water to keep them from becoming stiff.

Mix in ¼ tsp. garlic salt and spoon into pan.

Once you have made the whipped potatoes, the rest of the recipe comes easily.

Spread 2 to 4 cooked ham chunks over the potatoes.

Then whip 1 cup heavy cream until it’s light and fluffy. Fold 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese into the whipped cream.

Spoon the mixture over the ham and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving so potatoes can firm up.

The result is a creamy, gooey concoction that is absolutely delectable. The cream works with the potatoes to give the dish a light, fluffy taste that practically melts in your mouth. The ham adds a savory, salty element that complements the dish perfectly assuring a little bit of heaven in every mouthful.

Ham Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Because this dish is more like potatoes with ham added, it will work better as a side as opposed to being the main part of the meal. This makes it the perfect thing to serve at holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Though ham can be the star of the meal, during these times of the year, it will have to take second place to turkey. However, it would be remiss to omit ham from the meal entirely. Therefore, you will want to think of creative ways you can incorporate it into your side dishes.

When it comes to making sides that include ham, here few other ideas to play around with.

Parmesan Potato Ham Bake: To make this recipe, start by combining ½ cup milk and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Set aside.

Take 4 medium potatoes and slice them very thin. Place 1/3 of the potatoes on the bottom of a greased baking pan. Drizzle with 1/3 of the milk mixture and top 3/8 cup of diced cooked ham. Repeat layers until ingredients are used up and sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese.

Dot with butter and bake for 30 minutes.

Cornbread Dressing with Ham: No Thanksgiving table is complete without some great dressing!

To make this recipe, start by melting 6 tbsp. butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.

Add 2 sweet onions, 4 stalks celery and cook 5 minutes.

Add 1 small bunch mustard greens and cook stirring until wilted, about 3 minutes.

Stir in 1 lb. tasso ham or ham steak cut into ½ inch cubes, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme and 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage.

Add 3 cups turkey or chicken broth, 1 tsp. salt and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, whisk 2 large eggs. Add 8 cups stale cornbread cubes, 8 cups stale country white bread, and ham broth mixture.

Cut 2 tbsp butter into small cubes and scatter over stuffing.

Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Then uncover and bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes more.

Ham is festive meat that brings a savory, salty taste to any table. These are just some ideas for how you can include it in your holiday meal. How will you be using ham to make your side dishes shine? 

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Olive Oil Chicken and our Sweet and Saucy Chicken.

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Whipped Potatoes and Ham Recipe

  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 45 minutes


Ham and potatoes may seem like a pretty basic meal, but this is a dish that takes it to the next level. The ingredients are combined to make a casserole like dish that works perfectly with the other ingredients. Read on to find out more about how you can make it for your family.


  • 6 medium-sized potatoes
  • 2 to 4 cups cooked ham chunks
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Peel potatoes.
  2. Cut into chunks and place in a medium-sized saucepan.
  3. Add 2″ water cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until tender (poke with fork).
  4. Mash potatoes with an electric mixer, adding some cooking water to keep them from being too stiff.
  5. Mix in garlic salt.
  6. Spoon into lightly greased 9×13 baking dish.
  7. Scatter ham over potatoes.
  8. Whip heavy cream until light and fluffy.
  9. Gently fold cheddar cheese into whipped cream.
  10. Spoon mixture over top of ham.
  11.  Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes.
  12. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving to allow potatoes to firm up.
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy whipped potatoes, ham side dishes for thanksgiving