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Country Ham and Potato Bake

3.1 from 20 votes
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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 446

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  • 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: 1serving | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.68g | Protein: 25.67g | Fat: 27.95g | Saturated Fat: 15.15g | Cholesterol: 85.64mg | Sodium: 1191.7mg | Potassium: 772.45mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 5.15g | Vitamin A: 665.7IU | Vitamin C: 14.75mg | Calcium: 418.8mg | Iron: 4.61mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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