HAM AND POTATOES AU GRATIN – The classic entrée, Easy Au Gratin Potatoes with Ham, is full of cheesy potato deliciousness and ham. It’s not only delicious comfort food, but it also answers the age-old conundrum of what to do with leftover holiday ham.
HAM AND POTATOES AU GRATIN
— White Potatoes, 6 or 7
— Yellow Onion
— Fresh Sage, a tablespoon or two snipped, or about half of that if using dry
— Ham, maybe half a pound? I just used what I had leftover
— Cheddar Cheese, about four cups grated. I used a mix of white and yellow.
— Butter, 6 tablespoons
— Flour, 1/3 cup
— Milk, 3 cups
Slice the onion into thin rings.
Snip the sage.
Scrub the potatoes and slice them into thin slices. There’s no need to peel them unless you just can’t stand not to.
Dice the ham.
Grate the cheese.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the flour and stir until very well blended and starting to thicken.
Gradually add the milk, stirring continuously. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
Spread just a little white sauce in the bottom of a rectangular baking dish. Arrange a layer of potatoes so that they’re just slightly overlapping.
Arrange a few onion rings, add ham and sprinkle with sage.
Sprinkle with a generous amount of cheese.
Drizzle with white sauce and repeat another layer.
Finish with a layer of white sauce and a little cheese. Sprinkle with salt and coarse ground pepper.
Bake in the lower part of the oven, at 350, for about an hour, or until the potatoes are tender. Let it sit a few minutes before serving.
The side of steamed broccoli made it feel a little healthier. Enjoy!
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