Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

Hello again, Lil’ Luna readers! It’s Samantha from Five Heart Home and I always love stopping by to visit and share one of my latest, greatest culinary creations. Today I’ve got a classic for y’all — Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes — and to take things up a notch, I decided to toss in some ham as well! It was a good decision, friends…a very good decision, indeed. 😉

Who doesn’t love Scalloped Potatoes…tender, paper-thin slices of potatoes, infiltrated with cream and layered with obscene amounts of cheese! Comfort food? Yes. Diet food? No…but nonetheless perfect this time of year as a holiday side dish, or delicious anytime as a warming meal on a chilly day.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

Speaking of holidays, do y’all typically cook ham on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter? If so, this recipe makes fantastic use of those leftovers. The addition of ham really does take this dish from a decadent side dish to a complete main course. The salty cubes of ham provide a nice contrast to the silky, cheesy scalloped potatoes, adding a surprise to every bite!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

If you have a mandoline slicer, I highly recommend using it for this recipe to ensure equally-thin potato slices that will cook quickly and evenly. But no worries if not! You may also slice your potatoes with a knife as thinly as you can manage… just be prepared to add a little more baking time, if necessary, until all of the potatoes are perfectly tender. And if the top starts to brown too quickly before the potatoes are done, you can always cover with a sheet of foil for the remainder of the cooking time.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

Also? Feel free to swap out your favorite cheese(s) for the cheddar. Swiss, pepper jack, or Gruyere would all be scrumptious…make this recipe your own!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

Before I get to the recipe, I just wanted to thank Kristyn and all of you for having me as a Lil’ Luna contributor over the past year. Kristyn has become such a wonderful mentor and friend and you as her readers have been so welcoming to me. As much as I would love to continue as a part of the team in 2016, I’m currently working on a cookbook (!!!) and needing to focus all of my extra time and I’m attention on meeting my (crazy) deadlines. But I hope y’all will consider following along with me over at Five Heart Home…I’d love to continue seeing you!

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season and promise me that at some point, you’ll enjoy a big, steaming plate of Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham! 😉

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
 
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • 1⅓ cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2½ pounds gold potatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 1½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)
  • 1½ cups diced ham
  • 3 heaping tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Grease a shallow 2 to 2½-quart baking dish with softened butter.
  2. In a saucepan set over low heat, combine half-and-half, salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook until bubbles just begin to form around edges of pan. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Peel and slice the potatoes very thinly; pat dry with paper towels. Layer ⅓ of the potato slices in prepared baking dish. Pour ⅓ of the half-and-half mixture, ½ cup grated cheddar, ½ cup diced ham, and 1 heaping tablespoon Parmesan. Repeat layers two more times.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until potatoes are completely tender when you insert a thin knife in the center. If surface is browned but potatoes are not tender after an hour, you may cover with foil and continue baking until potatoes are done to your liking. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
If you have a mandoline slicer, it is recommended for cutting the potatoes, as it will produce very thin slices of the same thickness, which promotes even cooking.

Potato slices will start to brown if exposed to the air too long, so if you're not assembling the dish immediately, you may put the potato slices in a bowl of cool water to prevent browning. Drain and pat dry before proceeding with recipe.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

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We’ve loved having you on the contributor team this past year Samantha!!

Thank you so much for all the amazing recipes you’ve shared with us, and especially for these scalloped potatoes just in time for Thanksgiving!

To see all of Samantha’s recipes, head over to Five Heart Home.

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Cheesy Stuffed Alfredo Potatoes

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes - my new favorite side dish recipe. Takes minutes to make and tastes AMAZING!! Soft sweet potatoes coated with parmesan cheese and all kinds of spices!!

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

Loaded Baked Potato Rounds - a simple, quick and delicious side dish or appetizer full of cheeses and bacon! We love to dip ours in sour cream - YUM!

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Hi, I'm Samantha, and I share quick and easy, family-friendly, real food recipes over at Five Heart Home! I'm a 30-something wife and sleep-deprived mama of two energetic boys and a sweet baby girl living in the heart of Texas. I love baking, entertaining, reading magazines, watching college football, and taking way too many pictures of my kids. The days are crazy but the love is plenty between the five hearts that make up our home!
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  1. 1

    We always do a turkey, but if the crowd is large I will do both. I love scalloped potatoes on my Thanksgiving menu, I will have to give your recipe a try!
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  2. 2

    One of my favourite ways to use up leftover ham! I made scalloped potatoes the other day and my sister was all over them, haha. Yours looks creamy and tasty; a sure win in our books!
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  3. 3

    scalloped potatoes are my favorite! Especially when they’re not from a box!
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  4. 4

    Oh my husband would go crazy over these potatoes!
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  5. 5

    Love the addition of ham into this cheesy favorite. Brilliant!

  6. 6

    This is such a delicious way to use up leftover ham! Looks so GOOD! My kids will surely love this!
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  7. 7

    I love scalloped potatoes! These look amazing!
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  8. 8

    Oh man I’m loving this side dish. Potatoes, cheese and ham sound perfect to me. Love that cheesy goodness!
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