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Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

March 19, 2020 (Last Updated: April 11, 2020)

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This ham and scalloped potatoes is a perfect casserole dish to make when you have leftover ham. Classic comfort food with lots of cheese, potatoes and ham. 

A plate with a large serving of ham and scalloped potatoes.

Are you looking for a great casserole to make and use up leftover ham? This cheesy ham and scalloped potatoes is a perfect option. You don’t have to just wait until you have leftover ham though. You can make this with ham you buy at the store or leave the ham out altogether.

A casserole topped with browned cheese and fresh chopped chives.

Scalloped potatoes are very similar to au gratin potatoes. You could say they are cousins – scalloped potatoes often have cheese added to the dish. And of course these scalloped potatoes also have ham. 

Slice the potatoes

The potatoes should be thin and evenly sliced. I used a mandolin to get perfect sliced potatoes.

If you don’t have a mandoline, you can hand slice the potatoes. Try to keep them as evenly sliced as possible.

  1. Use a mandoline and slice the potatoes as thin as possible
  2. Slice each potato
  3. Continue until all potatoes are sliced
  4. Slice onion on mandoline too on the same setting or thickness
A potato being sliced on a mandoline.1
A large stack of slice potatoes.3
A stack of thinly slice potatoes.2
Sliced onions and potatoes.4

What type of potato do I use?

For this recipe, I used russet potatoes. I like the starchiness of the russets. You could also use a Yukon Gold potato. 

This recipe uses shredded cheese. I used a cheddar and Jack mixture. Colby cheese or all cheddar would also work fine.

Potatoes and an onion sitting in a glass casserole dish.

How to make scalloped potatoes with ham:

  1. Layer potatoes in a greased baking dish
  2. Layer onions 
  3. Sprinkle with flour and cheese and salt and pepper and add the ham and cheese
  4. Add another layer of potatoes
  5. Continue adding onions and ham, flour and cheese and salt and pepper
  6. Repeat with a third layer adding potatoes, onions and ham
  7. Pour milk over casserole and sprinkle with final cheese
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Chopped ham in a casserole dish with onions and potatoes.3
Thinly slice potatoes on top of sliced potatoes.2
Shredded cheese added on top of a casserole.4

Cover with foil before baking.

Casserole dish with shredded cheese on the top of all ingredients.

Can I make ahead of time?

This is a perfect make ahead casserole dish. I often like to make this in the morning and refrigerate until it’s time to pop into the oven. 

You could make the night before eating, but you don’t want to make it any further ahead of time. This potato casserole does not freeze well. 

Tips:

  • Slice potatoes and onions evenly
  • Evenly distribute ingredients through each layer
  • Cover with foil before baking
  • After 1 hour, remove foil and continue baking for 30-45 additional minutes
  • Test to see if done by inserting a butter knife in the center. The potatoes should be soft and cooked through.
  • Bake on a baking sheet to help prevent a mess in your oven, if the casserole bubbles over
  • Allow dish to rest for 15 minutes before serving

Baked potato casserole with browned cheese on top.

I like to serve ham and scalloped potatoes with a simple salad with homemade dressing, fresh green peas and a delicious chocolate cream pie for dessert! 

If you are looking for other recipes to use up leftover ham, check out this collection of leftover ham recipes

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A plate with a large serving of ham and scalloped potatoes.

Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Kathy
Potato casserole with ham and cheese
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 413 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 russet potatoes (medium sized)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cups ham (1/2 inch dice)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar and Jack cheese (grated)
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 x 8" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Peel and thinly slice potatoes using a mandoline or sharp knife
  • Slice onion on mandoline
  • Place a layer of potatoes in casserole dish
  • Add a layer of onions
  • Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • Top with 1 cup of ham and 1/2 cup of cheese
  • Repeat layers
  • Add a third layer of potatoes
  • Mix dijon mustard with a small amount of milk in a large glass measuring cup. Slowly add remaining milk, stirring as you add. Sprinkle in dried thyme. Pour milk mixture over prepared casserole.
  • Add remaining 1/2 cup of cheese
  • Cover with foil and place casserole dish on a baking sheet
  • Bake in preheated oven for one hour. Remove foil and continue baking for 30-45 minutes until top is browned, mixture is bubbly and potatoes are soft
  • Top with fresh chopped parsley, if desired

Notes

Tips:

  • Slice potatoes and onions evenly
  • Evenly distribute ingredients through each layer
  • Cover with foil before baking
  • After 1 hour, remove foil and continue baking for 30-45 additional minutes
  • Test to see if done by inserting a butter knife in the center. The potatoes should be soft and cooked through.
  • Bake on a baking sheet to help prevent a mess in your oven, if the casserole bubbles over
  • Allow dish to rest for 15 minutes before serving

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 23gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 994mgPotassium: 874mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 415IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 319mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes
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3 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 20, 2020 at 4:57 am

    5 stars
    Scalloped potatoes are a total comfort food around here. My Mom used to make them growing up, but I haven’t had them in years. We suddenly have a lot of time on our hands here…maybe digging back into Mom’s cookbook is a good idea! But first, scalloped potatoes. And I feel like this one lends itself to fun different flavors of cheese, too!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 19, 2020 at 5:29 am

    5 stars
    Love the addition of ham here for extra flavour and heartiness! I don’t need a main with this one! A big plateful and I’m one happy lady ๐Ÿ˜‰ Delish, my friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 19, 2020 at 5:54 am

      Thanks, Dawn! It’s a meal all in one! ๐Ÿ™‚

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