Country Ham and Potato Bake
Country Ham and Potato Bake is pure southern comfort food. Delicious chunks of ham, bathed in a rich cream sauce under a melted layer of cheese is great for brunch or dinner.
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion diced small
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne optional for heat
- 1-1/2 tsp ground mustard
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups ham cubed, fully cooked smoked ham
- 1-1/2 pounds potatoes sliced 1/4-inch-thick
- 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- Chopped parsley for garnish optional
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add the onions and saute until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add flour and stir until combined. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne and ground mustard. Whisk in the milk. Allow to cook and thicken slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
Line the baking dish with a layer of the ham, then a layer of slightly overlapping potatoes, then about 2/3 cup sauce. Repeat the layering until all the ingredients are used, making 3 layers, ending with the sauce on top. Top with cheese and cover with foil. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.
Remove the foil and switch on broiler. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and browned, about 3 minutes. Watch carefully to not allow it to burn . Garnish with parsley and allow to cool slightly before serving..
1. 2% milk was used for this recipe.
2. Melting cheese like Swiss or Gruyere can be substituted for the Monterey Jack.
3. For less heat, reduce the cayenne pepper to 1/4 teaspoon
If using salted butter, omit adding salt to recipe and salt to taste before serving.
Serving: 1servingCalories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 23.68gProtein: 25.67gFat: 27.95gSaturated Fat: 15.15gCholesterol: 85.64mgSodium: 1191.7mgPotassium: 772.45mgFiber: 3.4gSugar: 5.15gVitamin A: 665.7IUVitamin C: 14.75mgCalcium: 418.8mgIron: 4.61mg
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