Jan 1- Ham and Potatoes

It is the first of the year, everyone is kicking themselves into a “healthy lifestyle” and I am pouring heavy cream, half and half, and cheese into a casserole dish.   Do I have the need to loose a couple extra pounds. Yes. Am I starting today… NO.   Today we will eat salty meats and carbs and delicious dairy products and love every minute of it.

I have made the Pioneer Woman’s Ham and Potatoes often. I always decrease the recipe to feed my family vs. her herd. Lets face it Brandt is sitting eating Hamburger and cheese while this casserole is in the oven. His food box is very very small. Another goal for 2017! To expand Brandt’s food box by bribery. Is there any other way?

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 -1 1/2 cups cubed ham
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (more if you are like me and addicted to cheese)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prep your items ingredients:

  • ice your onion
  • cube your ham (approximately 1/2 in cubes)
  • thinly slice your potatoes. (Slice your potatoes as thinly as possible. This is where I wish I had a mandolin but I don’t. I carefully use my brand new knives.  I used 5-6 medium potatoes. I wash them but I don’t peel them. It makes me feel healthier)

Now start cooking…

Put in 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter into a pan and melt over medium heat.  Once the butter is melted add 3/4 cup of diced onion.  I had some red onion already cut up (leftover from the holiday festivities) so I used that along with some white onion.  Use what you have. The world is your onion … It is a new year. Cook the onion in butter over medium heat for 3 minutes.

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To the pan add cubed ham. I go heavy on the ham with 1 1/2 cups.  You can use whatever ham you would like.  Purchasing a ham steak works great for this meal, or using left overs from Christmas is exactly what I did. Ham steak and bone-in ham are my preferred. I used to refer to this as “good ham” growing up.

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Like I said add the ham to the onion/butter mixture and cook for 5 minutes until the onions are translucent and the ham is warm and beautiful.

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While that is cooking, grab your remaining butter and slather it around a 9×9 glass dish.  The better you do this the less scrubbing required by the person whom does the dishes. Unless you don’t like the person who is doing your dishes, if your kid is in trouble or something just skip this step just kidding- but seriously.

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Keep stirring your ham/onion mixture and once the onions are translucent remove from heat. AKA push it to the back burner.

Now mix your half and half and heavy whipping cream together. Microwave this for a minute or two to remove the “chill”.  I don’t know why but PW told me to so I do as she says- always.   Remove from microwave and add flour and pepper. I eyeball it… you know “to taste”   You can add salt but your ham has some salt so don’t add to much.

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Now you are ready to assemble put half of your potatoes into the dish followed by half of your onion/ham mixture.  Add 1/2 the cheese (put a good layer you will thank me) and poor half the dairy /flour mixture on.  Sprinkle a little pepper if you feel the need.  Repeat this a second time. Potatoes- ham/onions- cheese.

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Use every bit of that butter that is in the pan with the onions/ham mixture.

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Make sure you add a thick layer of cheese and poor the rest of your dairy mixture on top. Yummm

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Sprinkle on salt and pepper if you would like.  I like pepper don’t judge me.

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Cover with foil and place into a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes.  Remove the cover and cook for another 30 minutes. jan1_11

Dig into this deliciousness. Eat your heart out. After you have given up your new year diet of course!

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xoxo,

BrynLeah

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