Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

February 24, 2009 – 7:21 pm

Another dairy-filled dinner that Shaun wouldn’t appreciate tonight. I’ll have leftovers for lunches for the rest of the week too 🙂

This is some great comfort food – warm and filling. Sometimes I’ll layer thin slices of bell pepper in with the potatoes and pretend that the added veggie makes it healthy 😉

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Serves 8

4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cups half and half
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided: 1 cup for the sauce and 1 to sprinkle on top
6 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds, I like Russet, Yukon Gold, or White Rose potatoes)
2 cups cooked ham cubed (about 10 oz)

Note: If you are in a hurry, boil the potato slices on the stove top for 15 minutes and drain them well. Then assemble as below and bake for 30 minutes with no cover.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a saucepan over medium low heat melt the butter, being careful not to brown it. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper until smooth. Gradually add the half and half, whisking until the sauce is smooth and begins to thicken. Add 1 cup cheese and stir until melted. Taste for seasoning and re-season as necessary. Remove the sauce from the heat. If it gets too thick while you’re slicing potatoes, you can put it back over the heat and whisk in a little water or broth to thin it.

Slice up the potatoes into rounds. A mandolin works well here to get nice even slices.

Spray a 9″x13″ casserole dish with non-stick spray or butter it and fill it with alternating layers of potatoes, ham, and sauce, in that order. You should have enough for 2 layers. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese.

Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove cover and bake 20 minutes longer or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Calories 370
Fat 22 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 89 mg
Sodium 1023 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Fiber 2 g
Protein 19 g
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 30%
Iron 7%
  1. One Response to “Scalloped Potatoes and Ham”

  2. Looks great and cheesy!

    By Joelen on Feb 25, 2009

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