Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scalloped potatoes and ham

I've managed to make 2 meals in the last month. :) Thank you to all the friends and family who have brought meals to keep our bellies full- we've been eating like royalty! Emilie sent me the website which has a bunch of fantastic recipes. I found this one through her site and made it for my mom's first night in town (she's visiting from Phoenix). We used to have scalloped potatoes growing up so it was a fun throwback. I cubed the potatoes instead of slicing to make sure they were cooked evenly. I also increased the temperature to 400 (from 350).

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 large russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (or cubed)
12 ounces 1/4 inch sliced baked ham
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a baking dish. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in milk. Return pan to heat and bring to a simmer while stirring. When sauce has thickened remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and set aside. In a skillet, cook onions in melted butter until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Spread 1/3 of the white sauce in bottom of baking dish and top with half of the potatoes. Spread out half of the onions, ham, cheese And another third of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Continue layering ingredients, ending with the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

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