Our family loves this tasty Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham casserole. It has lots of potatoes, chunks of ham, a little onion and seasonings in a creamy sauce that’s spectacular to taste and fairly easy to put together. Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is one of those casseroles where the dish makes it’s own sauce–you don’t pre-make it. You cook it for about an hour and a half, stir it a few times, and voila, it’s done! You can also make this in the crockpot.
This comforting and delicious main dish is one I served to my family all the time when my kids were growing up. I’ve also taken it to potlucks and had it for company on numerous occasions. It’s not too difficult and fairly economical. Anytime I had leftover ham from a spiral cut ham this recipe was on the menu within a few days! But if you don’t have a spiral cut ham, center-cut slices work really well.
This is one of those recipes you don’t have to follow exactly. My husband likes a lot of meat in his casseroles so I put a lot of meat in mine (usually more than any recipe calls for). I sprinkle the seasonings, flour, and onions on with a pretty heavy hand. I put this in one of my deepest and largest oval baking dishes (larger than 9×13) so it takes a full hour to an hour and a half to cook all of that. Stick a fork in the potatoes to test for doneness.
I found this recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook, 1972 edition and adapt it only slightly. I think you will find this recipe a great addition to your casserole collection. I updated this post in June 2013 because the original pictures were really poor. Hopefully, these newer pictures will help you see how really special this great recipe is. I hope you give Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham a try. It’s so simple, yet tasty nonetheless.
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is one of our family favorites. It is very creamy and filling. My husband likes lots of ham in this recipe so I always include a lot of ham.
The lovely thing about this casserole is you can make as much as you need. You layer the potatoes, ham, and onion in the amounts you need and increase the other ingredients as necessary.
Here’s what I did.
Slice up potatoes. Set aside. Dice onion. Any kind will do. Set aside. Trim fat off ham. Cut ham in chunks or strips. Set aside. You will need salt, pepper, parsley, butter, and flour.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. This makes a lot so I was divvying up half of it to go to a family who just had a baby. Spread a layer of potatoes sliced thinly into baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley.
Sprinkle with potatoes. Dot with butter. Add diced onion and chunks of ham.
Layer another layer of potatoes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley. Then sprinkle with flour and diced onion. Dot with butter (or cut butter in really thin strips).
Add another layer of ham chunks, then layer another layer of potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with salt, pepper and parsley.
Sprinkle again with flour. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with diced onions and then with ham chunks.
Scald milk. You can see from the picture you heat the milk until it gets wrinkled on top but does not boil.
Pour milk over top of casserole ingredients. Cover dish with foil and bake about 30 minutes covered. Uncover and bake another 60 minutes.
Remove dish from oven after potatoes are fork tender. Stir all the ingredients well.
Serve Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham with your favorite side dish or salad. This is a wonderful comforting casserole to take to others who need meals. Our family loves Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham and we believe your family will enjoy it too.
You don’t have to be overly judicious about the amounts of ingredients in this recipe. I always use more potatoes and a lot more ham, while keeping the other ingredients close to the original recipe.
Here’s the recipe.
CREAMY SCALLOPED POTATOES AND HAM
(Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook)
- 6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 6 tbsp. flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ¼ to ½ cup butter or margarine
- 3 cups milk
- 2 cups chopped ham
- Heat oven to 350°.
- Peel potatoes and cut into thin slices.
- In greased 9×13” pan arrange layer of potatoes.
- Spread a layer of ham using about ½ cup.
- Sprinkle on each layer: a tablespoon of diced onion, a tablespoon and a half of flour, ¼ tsp. salt, a few dashes of pepper, a few dashes of parsley and a tablespoon or two of thinly sliced butter.
- Repeat layers 3 times.
- Heat milk just to scalding; pour over potatoes.
- Cover; bake 30 minutes.
- Uncover; bake 60-70 minutes longer or until potatoes are fork tender.
- Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is a simple recipe with few ingredients, but it’s big on taste! This is comfort food at its best!
You can scale this recipe up or down depending on how many you have to feed and how many leftovers you want for other meals! Add a little bit more of this and a little bit more of that! 🙂
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