3/21/10

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes

This is what they call a "hearty dish". It is an excellent way to make use of your left-over baked ham at Easter.

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes

1/4 C butter
1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 C half-and-half
3/8 t salt
1/4 t white pepper
4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2 C cooked ham, chopped
1 small onion, sliced thin and separated into rings
1/2 C chopped green pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. It is important to sprinkle the flour on as soon as the butter melts and keep the heat low - this will prevent gooping. (Why yes, "gooping" is a culinary term and not at all something I made up.)

Gradually add half-and-half; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. I whisk it in. The gooping thing again. You want this to be like a smooth paste. Stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in salt and white pepper.

Combine potato, ham, onion, green pepper, and garlic in a large bowl; stir well.

Me in the Onions

Oh look - I'm in the onions. I didn't even plan that.

Now you make layers. Spoon 1/4 cup sauce mixture into a greased ovenproof skillet and spread to coat the bottom. I use my cast iron skillet but a casserole dish will do.

Layer half of potato mixture over sauce. Top with half of remaining sauce. Then add more potato mixture. Then top with the rest of the sauce. It will look like this:

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes

Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour until potato is fork tender. (8 servings). I serve it right out of my iron skillet.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This is simply delightful, rustic, comfort food. It reheats beautifully.

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10 comments:

mo.stoneskin said...

I love "hearty" dishes. They are the very best kind. I made a hearty fish pie this weekend and am coming to the conclusion that most things involving potatoes are hearty.

Mary said...

I'm definitely going to save this recipe...seems that I always end up throwing away the leftover ham (eventually) because the boys won't eat it! Thanks!

Tara Rison said...

This looks great. I am bookmarking it and will make it with our leftover ham from Easter. Thanks for sharing!

purejoy said...

yum. one of the favorite ways to use up left over ham. the kids aren't a fan of this. but who cares?? we're empty nesters now!! muh ha ha ha!

2 Little Irish Boys said...

Yum! I am so into comfort food. I might have to make that this week!
Hope you had a great weekend--did you go look at paint?

Rachel said...

Yummy Yumm!!!!!! You're right, this is a GREAT way to use up leftover ham from my post!

Wendy said...

Lovely photos, Amy. The mother/son relationship is sweet. I am enjoying this stage. I wonder how it will be in 5 or 10 years? Time will tell, I guess. Have a wonderful week!

(Your potatoes look good too!)

Michelle Smiles said...

YUM! I love scalloped potatoes and ham. I never make them but I love them.

shopannies said...

this sounds great i love your recipe we make this but your sounds sooo gooood

The Urban Cowboy said...

I swear every time I visit you, I want to eat...love your recipes, they always look so yummy!

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