My mom used to make cheesy scalloped potatoes and it was always one of my favorites! So, I got to thinking how I can make this more of a complete meal without anymore work. The solution is adding ham! Leftover ham can be used or just ask them at the deli counter for about a ½ pound of the best non-sweet ham they have. We enjoy Boar’s Head Smoke Master Beechwood Smoked Black Forest Ham. Add a nice salad, steamed broccoli or green beans to the side for a complete meal. 

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Ingredients: 

8 medium red potatoes, sliced very thin 

2 cups chopped, cooked ham 

1/4 cup margarine or butter 

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

1/4 cup flour 

1 1/2 cups 2% milk---skim will not work 

1 cup heavy cream 

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese-freshly grated 

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 

2. Layer potatoes and ham in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish 

3. Over medium heat melt the butter, add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and pepper cook and stir for 1 minute 

4. Whisk in flour until smooth, then gradually wish in the milk and cream 

5. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 4-5 minutes. 

6. Stir in 2  cups of cheese 

7. Pour sauce over potatoes and ham

8. Cover with foil and bake for 60 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Just stick a butter knife in and check for tenderness 

9. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1  cup of cheese and bake 15 minutes more. until thickened, bubbly and cheese is lightly browned

10. Let stand 10 minutes before serving 

Rachel Marion is a lifelong resident of Marshall County and works for Thornton Properties, LLC, in Guntersville as the office manager. She is also Executive Director for the Marshall County Leadership Challenge. She is married to Tom Marion and lives in Arab with their two dogs, Hector and Lola. She has an expansive cookbook collection, follows dozens of food blogs and when she isn’t cooking, she is thinking about cooking. She was raised in a home surround by yummy food made by the loving hands of her grandmother and mother. Nothing says love too her more than filling the bellies of her loved ones and making great memories while doing it.

(1) comment

Lmbrown

Homemade is better than store bought.

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