Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2017
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I always buy a nice big spiral ham when they are extremely discounted at Christmas time and at Easter. I cook up the whole ham for our little family and put boatloads of sliced and chopped ham in the freezer for soups, casseroles, sandwiches, and egg dishes later in the year.

Two weeks ago, I finally made our “Christmas ham” and we are currently enjoying many of our favorite ham recipes.

It’s been years since I made scalloped potatoes with ham, but it was always one of my favorite meals growing up — and our whole family is big on potatoes and cheese, so I had a feeling this meal would be a big hit with the kids!

I served this meal with several vegetables, fresh fruit, applesauce, and crusty bread.

It’s such a delicious wintertime meal… and quite easy to make from scratch. Plus, it’s extremely frugal and uses very simple ingredients.

Win, win, win, win!

Recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

serves 6-8 (depending on if it’s the main dish or a side dish)

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 4 T butter
  • 1 c. diced onion
  • 2 t. minced garlic (about 2 cloves worth)
  • 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 c. milk
  • 2 c. shredded cheese (I used Colby Jack and Sharp Cheddar)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lbs. russet potatoes; scrubbed and thinly sliced (I use roughly 1 per person for a main dish)
  • 1 lb. diced ham (about 4 cups)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 3 quart baking dish and set aside.

Melt butter in a large frying pan and sautée onions and garlic until soft.

Whisk the flour into the onion mixture and then quickly add the milk before the mixture thickens too much. Continue whisking mixture until thickened and bubbly.

Add cheese and stir until fully melted. Add salt and pepper to taste, then remove sauce from heat and set aside.

Once the sauce is finished, slice the potatoes and layer half in the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with half the ham and half the sauce.

Repeat all layers once more, ending with the sauce.

Cover the dish with foil or an oven-safe lid and bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. (If you take the potatoes right from the refrigerator, it should probably bake for 60 minutes).

Remove the foil covering and bake for another 20-30 minutes (or until potatoes are very tender).

You may want to let this dish sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes before serving so the cheesy sauce has a chance to thicken up a bit.

Alternate Slow Cooker Method:

If you’re away from your kitchen and don’t have time to put it in the oven over an hour before you want to eat, you can EASILY make this exact same recipe in a slow cooker.

Simply layer the potatoes, ham, and cheesy sauce in your slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours (or until potatoes are fork-tender).

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One of the things I love most about scalloped potatoes is that it’s a delicious MAKE-AHEAD side dish that can instantly be transformed into a MAKE-AHEAD main dish with the addition of some chopped ham. Either way, I love that I can make this well ahead of when we need to eat!

If you’re looking for a hearty winter meal (or yummy potato side dish) this is the recipe for you!

Are you a potato fan? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them?

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11 comments

  1. Jana

    01/27/2017

    I just made cheesy potatoes and ham on Tuesday evening. The recipe I used was very similar, but called for diced and cooked potatoes. I had some time on Tuesday to do that, since I was out of work early, but I like your recipe better since I would not need to precook the potatoes. I also love that you gave a crock pot version. I will definitely try that! Thanks for the tips!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, you can definitely make this in the slow cooker!

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  2. Amy

    01/26/2017

    Yum! I love scalloped potatoes!

    One of the things I really admire about your meal planning is that you do such a great job of always including fruit and veggies as a side. I am terrible about planning sides in advance. Your photos always remind me to keep it simple with sides!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Amy,
    Yes, we almost always have cut up strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and applesauce with every single meal. It’s super easy, requires almost no thought, and our kids love it! They don’t always love the veggies, but Dave and I do, and they will alway seat at least a some corn, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, and carrots (so I usually try to pick one or more of the veggies I know they will at least try)

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  3. Carol L Triebel

    01/26/2017

    I’ve got a similar recipe that incorporates a small can of pineapple tidbits. A nice surprise!

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  4. Maria

    01/26/2017

    Hi Andrea,
    I love your famíly confort food!
    How do you cook the several vegetable than you serves for your kids? Are they simply cooked together or steamed in a cacerole.
    Thanks in advance, Maria

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    Andrea Reply:

    i just boil or steam them — then put butter and salt on them 🙂

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  5. Paulette

    01/26/2017

    This sounds yummy! I always receive rave reviews when I use your recipes, Andrea. What I love most about the recipes are the simplicity of the ingredients and ease in preparation. Thanks for sharing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Paulette! Yes, most of my recipes are quite simple — I’m glad to hear you get good reviews on them too!

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  6. Tammy

    01/26/2017

    How do you cut your potatoes? They look so uniformly sliced.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I just use a knife — but many people I know use a food processor or a mandoline.

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