Potatoes and Ham Au Gratin

Layered with potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese sauce, this au gratin dish is great as a side for a holiday dinner, but also makes a hearty main casserole dish. The potatoes come out tender and cheesy, and the top crusted with a delicious breadcrumb mixture. Prepare ahead of time, because this dish takes over an hour to bake (but it is soo worth it!).

Potatoes and Ham Au Gratin
Recipe Type: Main
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 10 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • 4 thick lunchmeat slices of ham (I use Trader Joe’s Healthy Ham)
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 ยบF.
  2. Thinly slice potatoes and layer them in 8×8 casserole dish until bottom is covered. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/P1020767.jpg” /]
  3. Slice onions.
  4. Melt butter in saucepan and add onions. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in pepper, salt, and flour and stir until blended and mixture is bubbly.
  6. Stir in milk and almost all of the cheese (save a little to sprinkle over the top at the very end) and stir constantly until boiling (about 1 minute).
  7. Pour 1/2 sauce over potatoes, then add 1 layer of ham slices on top.
  8. Add another layer of sliced potatoes to cover the ham.
  9. Pour remaining 1/2 of cheese sauce over potatoes evenly. [img src=”http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/P1020768.jpg” /]
  10. Bake uncovered for 1 hour.
  11. Mix cheese, bread crumbs, and paprika and sprinkle over top. Bake additional 15 minutes uncovered until top is golden brown.
  12. Let stand 10 minutes before serving warm.

 

2 comments

  1. Heavenly Housewife says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making an au gratin dish, they always look so impressive (as does this one).
    *kisses* HH
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    • mysanfranciscokitchen says:

      Why thank you! I looked for the giveaway, but didn’t find anything? Let me know where to find it ๐Ÿ™‚

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