Comfort Food: Potato, Egg & Ham Casserole

When I was in college one of my friends invited us to dinner at her Hungarian grandmother’s home. I remember that she made the most delicious casserole with potatoes, eggs and ham. Thanks to the power of the internet I believe this dish is called Rakott Krumpli.

Potato, Egg & Ham Casserole

Potato Egg & Ham Casserole ~

Hosting Easter dinner at our house left us plenty of ham and boiled eggs so I thought I would try to make this casserole myself.

There are many recipes on the internet for this dish but overall basically the same. I reminded me of my scalloped potato recipe. You simply layer sliced boiled potatoes, sliced eggs, thinly sliced ham and sour cream in a buttered casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake removing the foil at the end to until the top is golden brown.

A couple of the recipes called for paprika, a traditional Hungarian spice, and some added cheddar cheese to the top and since I had a nice white cheddar on hand I decided to add it as well. I have to say it turned out great and I will definitely be making this again. I can’t believe I waited so long to try it.


Potato Egg & Ham Casserole


Here’s the Recipe:


Make take on a traditional Hungarian dish called Rakott Krumpli. Great use for leftover ham and hard-boiled eggs.


  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 c thinly sliced cooked ham or sausage
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • ½ c grated white cheddar
  • salt , pepper and paprika to taste


  1. Boil potatoes, then peel and slice them to about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Slice eggs with an egg slicer
  3. Butter a casserole dish
  4. Place a layer of potatoes in the bottom (1/3)
  5. Place ½ of the eggs onto the potatoes
  6. Then layer ½ of the ham
  7. Then about ⅓ of sour cream
  8. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika
  9. Next layer half of the remaining potatoes
  10. Layer the remaining eggs
  11. Layer the remaining hams
  12. ½ of the remaining sour cream
  13. more salt, pepper and paprika
  14. The remaining potatoes
  15. The remaining sour cream
  16. More salt, pepper and paprika
  17. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top
  18. Cover with foil and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
  19. Remove foil and continue cooking until top is golden.
  20. Let cool and serve


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I definitely have to try this because it sounds so simple yet unusual and I love all of those ingredients.

  2. I can’t wait to try this…I would have never thought of including the eggs! Looks really good Patti.

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