Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin

January 6, 2010

Okay, so much for light and healthy this week!  Although most of you will laugh at what we thin-blooded Floridians call cold, it’s been downright freezing this week.  Literally.  That put me in the mood for warm, gooey, cheesy, comfort food.  With leftover ham in the fridge, this seemed like the perfect answer, although I’m sure it’d be almost as good without the ham.  The sage added just the right bit of extra flavor.

  • 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
  • Salt/Pepper

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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1 Marla E January 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

this looks great!!!

everything looks fabulous… and I love your photos!
now you’re COOKING!!!

p.s. soup is almost gone!

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2 Karen Bove January 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the soup! What are you in the mood for this weekend?

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3 manganese January 7, 2010 at 12:17 am

Hello
You have described very well this recipe with its pictures.i think this is really very east recipe to make it.Thank you very much for giving such tasty recipe to us.I will try it soon.

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4 Maryse January 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm

It looks delicious! I made mac and cheese with my leftover Christmas ham but next time I’ll try the potato gratin. Nice idea. Enjoying tweeting with you.
Maryse

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5 Amy from She Wears Many Hats January 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Amazing photos! Potatoes are a favorite, plus all the other stuff = yum!

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6 Gina Smith April 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I am going to try alot of your recipes. Just rediscovering cooking and trying to eliminate all the bad from the diet(chemicals not fat) I know my boyfriend will love this.

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7 Jessica A September 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Recipe looks great! But I love your photos..I am wondering what kind of camera you use…please let me know ..thanks..belssings to you!

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8 karenbove September 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Jessica! I have a Nikon D3. Here’s more about how I shoot..

http://ourlifeinthekitchen.com/?page_id=230

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9 Libby H February 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Yikes, this looks delicious! I’m going to try this tomorrow. I’m happy to have bumbled into it looking for a better recipe than I’ve had in the past.
I’ve never visited your site before and when I saw your name I was startled. Do you happen to have family from Seneca Falls NY?

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10 karenbove February 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Thanks! And no, no one in Seneca Falls that I know about but the in-laws could be spread far and wide?

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