One of my favorite things to do is make a huge ham for Christmas dinner- not just for Christmas but for the leftovers. Comfort foods abound with ham and this recipe is no exception…My family devoured this one tonight and I just had to share! Making this leftover ham recipe in a cast iron skillet is a really easy way to get more iron into your family’s diet- something I try to do at least 2-3 times per week.
Leftover Ham and Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin with White Wine
4 cups diced potatoes
3 cups cooked, diced ham
1 onion — my kids (and me) don’t like onion, but I like the flavor they add and my husband enjoys, so I cut them nice and thick and lay them on top
3 TBSP butter
3 TBSP flour (all purpose is fine)
1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp black pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (or add more to taste)
1/8 tsp onion powder (optional- I prefer the real thing)
1 1/2 cups milk (want to be rich? use whole milk. want to save calories? go lighter. your choice). (don’t want wine? use 2 cups milk)
1/2 cup white wine
1-2 cups cheddar cheese (I usually buy shredded, but if you like to shred yourself, have at it).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Peel and dice the potatoes- I just toss them right into my cast iron skillet. (Cast iron cooking is a great way to get some extra iron into your family diet without any extra effort). Place the onion slices on top of the potatoes/ham.
Dice your ham- toss it in with the potatoes.
On your stovetop, melt the butter in medium sized saucepan and add the flour, whisking it to make a roux. (Look at my fancy word!). Slowly add the wine, the milk and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, add the cheese and stir with whisk while the cheese melts.
Add spices as cheese melts, using whisk to stir cheese and blend spices at the same time.
Once the cheese is melted, pour the sauce over the ham, potatoes and onions.
Cover the pan with foil and bake about 1 hour until potatoes are softened- then remove foil and bake about 15 minutes until it’s got some pretty brown spots and is all bubbly.
Serve with a light salad!
** The cast iron holds its heat for a long time- so if you are serving to kids, get their food onto a plate to cool a few minutes before it’s time for them to start eating.**
What are YOUR favorite leftover recipes?
You know your recipe never says when to add the spices? I just had to guess tonite. I haven’t tried it yet, but that is the only part that didn’t make sense.
fixed- thank you for catching that!!
I made this for dinner tonight and we all loved it! I didn’t do the wine and used one cup of mozzarella and 1/4 cup of cheddar because it was what I had and it was great! Thx for the recipe!!
That sounds heavenly!
Lily Kwan says
This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!
Chrystal D says
Looks GOOD! I think I’ll use fresh garlic since I am a garlic LOVER!
Lori Hoffman says
This looks incredible!! Reminds me of what my mom and grandma used to make but I never knew how. I definitely need to make this! Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂
Amanda Greene-Lebeck says
OMGoodness I am so going to be making this tomorrow. It looks and sounds so yummy:) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!
I’m typically not a ham eater. Paired with potato and cheese it’s great. Thanks!
Karen Hand says
I love this recipe and although we don’t eat a lot of ham because my husband is on a low sodium diet, for a special occasion, I think it would be okay to make. I, personally, love the combination. Thanks for the recipe.
Sounds delicious! Am definitely going to try this one! Have 2 boys under the age of 5- this recipe sounds like a winner (minus the onion)!
Catherine M. says
Dayum! I have GOT to try this! I can’t stand the boxed mixes of Au Gratin potatoes and this is right up my alley…thank you! I love my 100 year old cast iron skillet (been in my hubs’ family for 4 generations) and this is another reason to use it. Yum-um-my!
I am beyond jealous of the 100 year old skillet you have! We had a HUGE old one at our family lake house and I didn’t get to grab it before my dad sold it. Sad. It was perfectly seasoned. Mine’s still not 🙁
Denise Taylor-Dennis says
This sounds delicious I’ve never tried to make homemade scalloped potatoes before.
Alex Roach says
This looks delicious! I needed more recipes for my apartment
this looks yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe
That sounds so good. I like the idea of putting the onion on top.I’m not fond of it either.I have got to try this soon! Thanks!
This looks absolutely delicious. I look forward to serving this dish to my family!
i NEED A CHEF TO COOK LIKE THIS FOR ME,,LOOKS GOOD
Sandy McFadden says
This is similar to my recipe I am going to try it the next time I make Scalloped potatoes and ham.
Oh my, this looks soo good!
I have a cast iron ive been meaning to try out. Thanks for the recipe. =D
i almost passed this up because I detest onions and could see them on top in the picture. BUT, I also like a tiny bit of onion flavor. I never thought of just topping a dish with a few to let the flavor run through. I’d try this and maybe even get crazy and try the wine. But sometimes I think WHY would anyone waste WINE in a recipe when you can sip along as you cook. LOL. Just kiddin’ 🙂
Happy New Year Mama!
Eileen, You will never find tiny bits of onion in food at my house- promise!
Looks delicious, I will try this recipe out. Thanks.
This looks delicious – thanks for the recipie.
Erin R. says
This recipe looks so good. Cheese and ham are a few of my “picky” daughter’s foods that she will eat, and I LOVE au gratin potatoes! Definitely printing this one out, I love getting all these yummy recipes from all the wonderful blogs I visit. I’m running out of printer ink 🙂
Chrystal D says
Oh my, that looks SO good! I’m going to try this one!
Kelsey Apley says
mmm that looks good! Never made it like this, might give it a try sometime!
Stephanie Larison says
Wow this looks so good, I’m going to have to try it out. Thanks for the recipe!
That makes so delicious! I want to try to make it myself. Thanks for the recipe!
Andy Grice says
I usually take the ham and mix half with mayo for sandwiches,the rest.I would cut it up and cook it in a pot of lima beans or a pot of collard greens.
I like potatos