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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Layers of cheesy creamy potatoes dotted with chunks of ham make a perfect main dish. Add a salad or a veggie and your whole dinner is done. What a perfect way to use leftover ham!

close up of a dinner plate with cheesy scalloped potatoes with ham and a helping of peas

    Thin slices of potatoes layered in a creamy cheesy sauce are delicious on their own.  The addition of ham adds that salty savory meaty goodness that takes them from a hearty side dish to a stand on their own main dish.  This is a perfect way to use leftover ham, or get a ham steak just to put this together. The leftovers reheat nicely as well, so go ahead and make a bunch!

     I tend to forget that we are only a family of three when I buy groceries.  I love buying whole hams, big pork butts and massive roasts.

    But don't worry, none of it goes to waste!  My husband thinks my reworked leftover meals are some of my best work.  He always looks forward to what crazy things I am going to dream up.

    Most of them don't make the blog, because it's hard for you to recreate our strange leftover bits to get started.  Some are great for the blog though, because having bit of leftover ham or pulled pork is a common occurrence.

(Right?  We cant be the only ones, can we?!)

    Scalloped potatoes are a great dish on their own, but if you add ham it becomes a hearty main dish in an instant.  All you have to do is throw together a salad or warm up a veggie and dinner is done.

glass pan filled with slices of potatoes, chunks of ham, creamy sauce and slices of white jack cheese

     We have enjoyed this as a way to make leftover Easter ham with roasted asparagus and that combos is great.  Peas, roasted broccoli or green beans would be great side dish additions as well.

     Here's the thing, though. You can keep a secret right?

    My husband is convinced that he doesn't like scalloped potatoes.  So I didn't tell him what he was eating.

    When he asked what was for dinner, I answered "I dunno, some leftover thing I threw together."  It's my standard answer anyway, not everything has a name.

  So he ate it unknowingly.... and went back for seconds!  It turns out he likes cheesy potatoes with ham so long as those potatoes aren't scalloped.

Tips and tricks

You can peel the potatoes if you prefer.  I leave the skins on because that is where most of the fiber and nutrients are.

If you slice the potatoes thin enough, you can hardly even tell they are there.  I use a mandoline to get consistent thin slices.

potato being sliced on OXO mandoline slicer

My mandoline was set at 1/8" and that gave a great texture with no under-cooked potato bites. Just spread out the slices in the pan for the most even cooking.

Normally I grate the cheese, but I figured I might as well use the slicer since it was already out.  It worked great, I had one less dish to clean and the cheese melted beautifully.

You could very easily try chicken, bits of pork or other leftover meats.  We just really like the combination of the salty ham with the potatoes and cheese.

helping of cheesy scalloped potatoes on ham on plate with glass dish of remaining casserole behind it

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Yield: 9 servings

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Layers of cheesy creamy potatoes dotted with chunks of ham make a perfect main dish. Add a salad or a veggie and your whole dinner is done. What a perfect way to use leftover ham!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 1 H & 20 Mtotal time: 1 H & 40 M


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 large baking potatoes (about 2 pounds worth)
  • 3 cups ham, diced
  • 6 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese


How to cook Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Grease a 9x13" pan or 3.5 quart casserole.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add milk, stirring as you go to avoid lumps. Cook until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in salt and pepper and set aside.
  5. Thinly slice the potatoes. Layer half the potatoes in the prepared baking dish.Then add half the ham, half the milk mixture then half the cheese. Repeat with the remaining potatoes, ham, milk and finish with the remaining cheese.
  6. Place the lid on the dish or cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove lid and bake for an additional 25 minutes. Top with a little additional freshly ground pepper and let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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Layers of cheesy creamy potatoes dotted with chunks of ham make a perfect main dish. Add a salad or a veggie and your whole dinner is done. What a perfect way to use leftover ham!


  1. Nope you're not alone, I like reworking leftovers too and always add left over ham to scalloped potatoes or make ham and beans. With ham especially the possibilities are endless. Your recipe looks fabulous!!

    1. Thank you! I love ham and beans too! There are so many fun things you can do!

  2. Lol on hiding the name of what you were eating! That is something I would do too! And, it would work the same way on my husband :)

  3. I love making recipes out of leftovers. It's a great way to help out the budget. And your story about your husband liking the dish without knowing what it was? That is sooooo my husband. He's always claiming he doesn't like certain things until he tries my version! Silly men, when will they learn? :-)

    1. Aren't they goofy. There are a few things that you can't hide and he has come around on. Like brussel sprouts, for instance. He was convinced he hated them and now he gets excited when he sees them. The potatoes are my little secret ;-)

  4. I agree! I use leftovers all the time to create something new! Looks delicious!! :) Thanks for sharing on Inspiration Thursday
    Fabulous Fare Sisters

    1. Often times the recreate are every bit as good as the original meal! Thanks!

  5. Your scalloped potatoes with ham looks delicious. I need to try it!!!
    Kim @ This Ole Mom

  6. Gotta love a good scalloped potatoes and ham recipe. Thanks for linking up to the Easter Leftover Makeover Blog Party!


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