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The final two months of the year always seem like a bit of a whirlwind. All of the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season keeps our schedules pretty full, and it often leaves little or no time to dedicate to crafting those home-cooked meals that my family craves at the end of a long day of school and work. I frequently find myself scratching my head trying to find a meal that both the adults and children will love, and it’s always a bonus when the meal can come together in 30 minutes or less!
As we’re gearing up for a season of “comfort and joy,” my body has been telling me to slow down just a tad and really bring an element of comfort to our meals. Comfort food is my love language, and few things bring myself and my family more comfort after a long day than a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes. To spruce up our mashed potatoes, my family loves when I break out the half-pint jelly jars and serve up these Cheesy Ham and Mashed Potato Trifles – a fun twist on a dinnertime favorite that’s perfect for both kids and adults!
To take our mashed potatoes to the next level, I reach for Smithfield® Anytime Favorites® Diced Ham found at my local Publix. Growing up, I distinctly remember that if there was ham on our dinner table, you didn’t have to look very far to find the bowl of mashed potatoes to go with it. Ham and potatoes just go together like peas and carrots in my mind, so they are a must-have when I make these mini trifles for the family!
In addition to being the star element of these Cheesy Ham and Mashed Potato Trifles, Smithfield Anytime Favorites Diced Ham is my favorite secret weapon to keep in my fridge at all times, because both of my girls devour it any time it’s on their plate! They both call them “baby hams,” and they’ll gobble them up no matter what time of day it is! I love it because no matter how busy or hectic my day gets, I can always count on it to help me create a flavorful meal in a snap – anytime, anywhere. It’s where real food meets real life, and it’s the real MVP of our weeknight dinners!
Making these Cheesy Ham and Mashed Potato Trifles is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply decide what your favorite mashed potato toppings are and layer them into small glass jars – no dinner plate required! I layered a bed of creamy mashed potatoes, shredded cheese, Smithfield Anytime Favorites Diced Ham, another layer of cheese, mashed potatoes, sour cream, brown gravy and a few chopped green onions for garnish. They’re easy to customize to your family’s preferences, and they come together in mere minutes!
You can find Smithfield Anytime Favorites Diced Ham in the packaged meats section at Publix. Keep your eyes open for their other variety of cuts, too, such as cubed ham, sliced ham, ham steaks and boneless pork chops! Smithfield Anytime Favorites definitely helps take the pressure off of cooking, and they’re also perfect for snacking and meal prep, too!
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how I assembled these Cheesy Ham and Mashed Potato Trifles. Remember, the possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to what you can add, so get creative and dig on in!
Cheesy Ham and Mashed Potato Trifles
- 1 package Diced Ham Smithfield® Anytime Favorites
- Instant mashed potatoes prepared according to package instructions
- cheddar cheese shredded
- Prepared gravy
- Sour cream
- Green onions for garnish
- Using jelly-sized jars, spoon a layer of prepared mashed potatoes into the bottom for the base
- Add a layer of shredded cheese, followed by a layer of Smithfield Anytime Favorites Diced Ham and another layer of mashed potatoes.
- Top with sour cream, gravy, diced onions or your favorite mashed potato toppings
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My family has requested this meal twice this week already. It’s the perfect comfort food to enjoy during this busy holiday season, and it comes together so effortlessly thanks to Smithfield Anytime Favorites Diced Ham! Next time you’re at your local Publix, make sure you stock up on a few Smithfield Anytime Favorites products, and layer up the goodness for your simple weeknight dinnertime solution!