A heaping helping of cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is big time comfort. A truly delicious special event side dish or weeknight main course!
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham remind me of cozy nights around the dinner table with family and friends. The recipe is traditional for me in every sense of the word, whether I am whipping it up for a holiday gathering or a comforting meal on a cold night. My recipe is just as wonderful as my Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes but is made with ham (obviously) and russet potatoes instead of cubed hash browns. Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is requested frequently, so I keep the ingredients on hand at all times. Now that you’re dying to learn more about this oh so popular recipe of mine, let’s get to it!
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:
- It’s easy to make
- The flavor is out of this world
- It’s comforting and filling
- Makes a great side or main dish
What Are Scalloped Potatoes and Ham?
Cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham are a wonderful, cheesy casserole that is made up of perfectly cooked russet potato slices along with tender ham, and topped off with a gooey cheddar cheese sauce. Oh, it’s so good. I’ve never met anyone who has not tried this at least once in their lives, but if you haven’t had it, this recipe is the best place to start! Also, it goes wonderfully with wine. Just throwing that out there.
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What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Scalloped Potatoes and Ham?
This recipe is for easy scalloped potatoes and ham. There is nothing too crazy on the ingredient list, but I think you’ll find the flavor and texture of this rules over boxed scalloped potatoes and ham. To make my recipe, you’ll need russet potatoes, garlic, ham, butter, salt, pepper, cream, and cheddar cheese.
How Do You Make Scalloped Potatoes and Ham?
Ah, the burning question – how to make this scalloped potatoes and ham feast. Preheat the oven and prepare a 9×13 baking dish. In a saucepan heat the cream with salt and pepper – set aside. Spread 1/2 of the potatoes and ham in the 9×13, pour 1/2 the sauce over it. Repeat another layer. Sprinkle it with a little black pepper, and then pop the whole shebang in the oven. When your sauce is lookin’ bubbly, remove from the oven and top it with lots of grated cheddar and return to the oven until the cheese is gooey and melted, and potatoes are golden brown. Hashtag drooling.
Step By Step: How To Make Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
1. Preheat oven. Butter the sides and bottom of a baking dish with butter and garlic. In a saucepan, heat cream, salt, and pepper over medium heat. Set aside.
2. Layer the half of the sliced potatoes in the baking dish.
3. Add half of the diced ham.
4. Pour half of the heavy cream over the potato and ham layer. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.
5. Sprinkle extra black pepper on top. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and bake. Remove from oven, then sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Bake until cheese is melted and golden brown.
How Do You Make The Sauce for Scalloped Potatoes?
In a saucepan, heat the cream, salt, and pepper over medium heat, stirring to dissolve salt, until bubbles form around the edges.
Scalloped Potatoes And Ham
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 large clove garlic, cut in half
- 3 pounds Russet potatoes peeled
- 2 cups ham, cubed into 1/2 pieces
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- Set the oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Generously butter a 9X13 inch baking dish and rub the inside of the dish with the cut side of the garlic. Set the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a saucepan, heat the cream, salt, and pepper over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the salt, until bubbles form around the edges. Set aside.
- Slice the potatoes thinly then layer half the sliced potatoes and half the diced ham in the prepared baking dish, then pour half the heated cream over the potato and ham layer.
- Repeat with the rest of the ingredients, ending with a layer of sauce. Sprinkle extra black pepper on the top.
- Loosely cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are bubbly and tender when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle an even layer of cheese over the potatoes, and cook just until melted and golden brown. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
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Recipe Notes for Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is used in my recipe for added thickness, richness and an incredible flavor. If you want to lighten it a bit, you can sub the heavy cream for more whole milk, but it’s entirely possible that your consistency will be off.
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe:
I hope you LOVE this recipe as much as I do! Because I adore them so much I have quite a few recipes for them. If you’re looking for a great switch up, try these Boursin Cheese Scalloped Potatoes or Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. I’ll be sharing more so please stay tuned! ♥
Can You Make Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Ahead of Time?
Yes, of course, you can! I like to make it in its entirety and then hold off on baking. Before it’s time to go in the oven, I cover it tightly and place it in the fridge, no longer than 24 hours. When you’re ready to bake it, preheat the oven and bake that perfect cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham casserole until bubbly. Remove from the oven, sprinkle cheese (again, lots of it) evenly over the top and pop it back in until melty. You can also make it in the slow cooker! My incredible recipe for Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is coming soon!
How Do You Freeze This?
Scalloped potatoes with ham and cheese is actually easy as heck to freeze. You can freeze your leftovers by placing them in a freezer safe container and tossing them in the freezer. Portion as you like and take them out when you’re ready to thaw and heat! You can also make up a big old batch, and then freeze them (without cooking) flat in Ziploc bags! Easy storage, and a great meal to freeze for a future occasion. Just be sure to thaw safely!
What Do You Serve With This Recipe?
Following in the footsteps of the popular Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes and ham, my recipe, though different, works wonderfully as a main dish. I like to serve it up with warm buttermilk rolls, a crisp green salad…or steamed veggies!
What Is Scalloped vs. Au Gratin?
The difference is cheese. “Scalloped potatoes” are sliced potatoes in a casserole cooked in a sauce. Au Gratin means “with cheese”, so Potatoes Au Gratin are sliced potatoes with cheese. Check out my Potatoes Au Gratin and you’ll see just what I mean.
What Cheese To Use?
As long as it has some flavor, you’ll find that you can use most cheeses in this recipe. Use anything from Monterey Jack to Gruyere, but cheddar is preferred. Pioneer Woman scalloped potatoes call for a nice, sharp cheddar and I have to agree. It is delicious in this recipe!
How To Boil Potatoes
It might not seem like it, but the way you boil potatoes can make a difference in how they taste after the fact, as well as the difficulty in cooking! To get the best out of your potato boiling experience, you’ll want to start with using potatoes close in size so they cook through at the same rate. Next, leave the skins on! This will prevent mushy potatoes. Use waxy potatoes like red or Yukon gold. A waxy potato holds its shape and has a creamy consistency. Start with cold water in the pot and bring it to a boil. Finally, boil them uncovered. Which potato should I use?
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