Ham can be a great value for the family on a budget. Ham and Swiss cheese are a classic combination for this easy casserole recipe.

1 pastry crust, prepared and fitted into pie pan

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1-1/4 cup Swiss cheese, grated
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cooked ham, diced
2 tablespoons diced pimentos

Melt the butter over medium heat; blend in flour and nutmeg. Add the milk and stir constantly until it thickens. Add 1 cup of the grated cheese and stir until it melts. Allow the sauce to cool slightly. Temper the eggs by adding a couple of tablespoons of the cooled sauce to the eggs; mix well. Add the tempered eggs to the sauce, mix well. Add the diced ham and pimentos to the sauce and stir to coat. Pour your mixture into the pastry shell.

Bake in a 375° oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle top with the remaining 1/4 cup of Swiss cheese and allow the casserole to set for 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 – 8 servings.

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