Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

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

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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! We are big fans of cheesy potatoes (check out our Funeral Potatoes and Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole for proof), but adding ham took it to a whole new level.

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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.

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

Like many potato dishes, scalloped potatoes take a little bit of time but are so worth it. Here are the ingredients needed to make the best cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham:

  • butter
  • half and half
  • salt and pepper
  • minced garlic
  • golden potatoes
  • cheddar cheese
  • ham (cubed)
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Once you have your ingredients gathered, you begin by preheating the oven to 350 and greasing a baking dish.

Then, 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.

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.

Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until potatoes are completely tender when you insert a thin knife in the center.

NOTE: 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.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe

RECIPE 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. 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.

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.

Can you make scalloped potatoes ahead of time? Yes, just make them until the point of baking. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days in advance.

Can you freeze scalloped potatoes with ham? Yes, just place in air tight container and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw in fridge overnight and then reheat in oven.

What’s the difference between scalloped potatoes and Potatoes au Gratin? Usually, scalloped potatoes are a little more thick and au gratin potatoes usually have Gruyere cheese in the recipe.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

We hope you guys love these scalloped potatoes and ham – whether it’s as a side or main dish. They’re cheesy and so delicious however you have them!

For more cheesy potato recipes, check out:

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ a comforting side dish or main course, and a great way to use up leftover holiday ham! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 304 kcal
Author on lilluna.com

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 lbs gold potatoes about 6 medium
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 cups ham diced
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese grated (heaping tbsps)

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.

Recipe 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.

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