CHEESY POTATOES AND HAM
I first tasted Cheesy Potatoes and Ham at the Honey Baked Ham store last month. We always buy our Christmas ham at this store. I know it is expensive but it is well-worth it in my opinion. Every Christmas season, they give out samples of all the side dishes and desserts and this dish was one of them. I loved it but I don't want to buy it and spend more so I decided to look online for a similar recipe and found this. I followed the recipe the first time and found it a little dry for my preference so I made more gravy the second time I cooked this and it was perfect.
I highly recommend this potato casserole if you are tired of the usual mashed, scalloped or roasted potatoes to accompany your entree.
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 lb ham, diced
6 cups diced cooked potatoes
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
Begin by chopping the onion and parsley and cubing the potatoes.
Saute the onion in butter until it is tender but not browned. Blend in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste.
Now gradually add the milk. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened. Add 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and stir until melted.
Add the ham, potatoes and parsley. Stir well to combine, being careful not to break up the potatoes too much.
Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
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