Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
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. The nice thing about this casserole is you layer the ingredients and 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. The key to making this recipe is slicing the potatoes very thin. If you slice them too thick, the casserole will take two hours to bake fully! You might think the potatoes are fork tender, then when you bite into them they are still hard!
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, too. But I’ve left the exact ingredients intact.
I put this in one of my deepest and largest baking dishes so that it won’t overflow the pan. It has four layers, 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.
I recently remade this recipe again (January 2019) because we made Apricot Glazed Ham for a Christmas party in December. I froze the leftover ham and pulled it out for this recipe. I served it to my Friday night care group and, without exception, everyone loved it. This is just one of those comforting casseroles you just can’t get enough of. It’s really terrific for winter to serve on cold, bleary and dreary days. It warms you up on the inside and puts a smile on your face. 🙂
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is one of our family favorites. I served it to our care group with Creamy Sweet Corn, which tastes a lot like Rudy’s Barbecue version, if you’re from Texas.
This casserole 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. I usually make four layers of everything. That will serve 10-12 people easily.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Slice up potatoes very thinly. You can use any kind of potato. I used red potatoes and left the peel on for color, nutrition and to save time on peeling potatoes!
Add 1/2 cup diced ham.
Add a tablespoon of diced onions. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons flour, salt, pepper and parsley. Then cut up about 2 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and spread around over top of the casserole.
Repeat the layers for the second time. Add thinly sliced potatoes.
Add 1/2 cup diced ham and a tablespoon or so of diced onions.
Add flour (I forgot it for this layer and doubled up on my third layer). Add salt, pepper, parsley and another tablespoon or two of butter that’s cut into small pieces.
Repeat for layer three. Add another layer of thinly sliced potatoes.
Add 1/2 cup diced ham and another tablespoon or two of diced onions.
Sprinkle with flour. Add salt, pepper, parsley and small dabs of butter.
Repeat for the final fourth layer. Add thinly sliced potatoes.
Add 1/2 cup diced ham and a tablespoon or so of diced onions.
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 60 minutes covered.
Uncover and bake another 30 minutes.
Remove dish from oven after potatoes are fork tender. Stir all the ingredients well.
Our family loves Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham and we believe your family will enjoy it too. I served it with Creamy Sweet Corn which was a delicious combination of comfort foods!
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.
This is a terrific recipe for cold, dreary winter days when you want to warm up!
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! 🙂
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is wonderful for company dinners too. Serve it with Creamy Sweet Corn and everyone will be raving about your meal. 🙂