Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

I grew up on a farm so it was pretty much mandatory to have meat and potatoes on the table at the end of a day. This is a version of scalloped potatoes and ham that my family always made. This hotdish is hearty and delicious - the kind of meal to warm you up on a cold winter's night. Put your leftover Christmas ham to good use in this recipe. I attempted to measure the ingredients while I was making this tonight but it is really more like a good estimate. Check on the consistency half way through the baking process and adjust the amount of milk, cheese, etc. as you see fit.
Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
6-8 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3/4 c. half and half or milk
1 c. shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
3 Tbls. cold butter cut chunks

Combine all ingredients in a large casserole and bake at 375 F until potatoes are tender, approximately 90 minutes. Stir a couple of times while baking. (Bake covered for the first 45 minutes and uncovered for the remaining 30-45 minutes.)
Tip: For a quick meal you can combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate the day before and bake at a later time.

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