Today, at the suggestion of BatGirl I am sharing the child hood favorite of Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham. This was one of the few things that back in highschool with my 27 hours crammed into 24 that would make me stop long enough to eat. It started off pretty basic and over the years, I’ve made some changes to it. Anything in italics is optional but highly recommended.
This is one of the dinners that that guy I like will make for dinner. Yes. It’s that easy.
We’re going to go from that photo there (plus milk, a little salt, and some pepper) and take it to something totally awesome.
To make about 6 servings, you’ll need:
- 2 boxes of Au Gratin potatoes (or Scalloped Potatoes, I’ve yet to figure out the difference from the box)
- 16 oz of a ham steak thing or so.
- Garlic Paste (courtesy of Momma, you can use regular minced garlic)
- 1 Medium onion, sliced (see the remnants?)
- A splash of white wine (Featured today is Target Pinot , feel free to pour yourself a glass too)
- 2 cups of mixed veggies
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 cups of water
- sprinkle of Kosher salt
- pepper to taste
Here’s what you do:
- Heat oven to 450*F, pour yourself a glass of wine if you’d like.
- Saute onions, garlic and a splash of white wine until browned a little. Use butter if you’d like. I don’t like. I give it a sprinkle of Kosher salt though.
- Open both boxes of potatoes and mix cheese powder into milk and water with a whisk in a microwave safe dish. Put in microwave for about 2 and a half minutes. This should make it hot so you might have to nuke it longer if you don’t have a powerful microwave.
- Cut ham steak into cubes. I like to make them bite sized. Feel free to make them smaller if you’d like. Or bigger. Whatever.
- Layer potatoes, onions, veggies (they can still be frozen) and ham into baking dish. I like to use my big ass brownie pan for it. Or lasagna pan. They’re the same one.
- Pour cheese mix over the potatoes, onions, veggies (they can still be frozen) and ham and use a large serving spoon to gently mix everything.
- Cover with foil and cook for about 40 minutes. I start checking on it after 20 minutes. It’s done when the cheese isn’t watery and the potatoes are tender.
- Take foil off and put back in the oven for about 5-10 minutes to brown the top layer.
- Remove from oven allow to cool a bit. The cheese sauce will firm up a bit. Add pepper to taste and enjoy!
I like to serve this with garlic bread but really it’s a meal in itself.
With the basics of Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham, what would you add to it?