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SANDRA'S HAM and POTATOES AU GRATIN

A splendid side dish to add to any entree, 
or to take to a get-together...
Servings: (4)
Prep Time: 15 Mins. |
Cook Time: 45 Mins.

Posted by Sandra

INGREDIENTS

4 cups red potatoes (*par-cooked in microwave to speed baking time)
½ yellow onion, chopped
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
2 cups medium shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground mustard powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1-1/2 cups cooked ham, cut into ½” cubes

***Topping (Halfway through cooking)
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon, butter melted

METHOD

*Carefully pierce the whole-unpeeled red potatoes with a knife, and place on glass pie plate and microwave on high for 5 minutes to par-cook them, and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan melt butter over medium-heat; stir in onions and saute until translucent, add flour and continue (switching to a whisk, and whisking constantly for 1 minute so flour flavor cooks out.) Gradually add milk; whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Add cheese, garlic powder, paprika, ground mustard, and salt and pepper; stirring until the cheese melts, and then remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the unpeeled par-baked red potatoes into ½” cubes, and place them with the cubed ham into an oil-sprayed 9”x13” baking dish (placed over a foil-lined baking sheet in case of potential drippings). Pour sauce over potato mixture and fold gently to combine.

Cover dish with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Remove baking dish from oven after 30 minutes, and sprinkle with topping mixture, and then return to oven, uncovered, and continue baking for 15 final minutes.

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--TIP: This is an entree in itself, which I like to serve with a garden salad alongside.

1 comment:

sandra said...

This is a favorite Easter Dinner Entree...and of course a comfort food like no other!

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