Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is comfort food at its best! It is a great side dish, or main dish if you have leftover ham after a holiday dinner.

A plate of au gratin potatoes

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This is a no-fuss slow cooker recipe. The prep takes just a few minutes. If you add ham, then you can use any kind of baked ham or spiral ham and it will taste great. You can also use any variety of potatoes. I especially like the use of thyme leaves in this scalloped potatoes recipe. Thyme has a light mint and lemon scent and taste. Just a little bit of thyme goes a long way and really adds a delicious flavor to these Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham.

What is the Difference Between Au Gratin Potatoes and Scalloped Potatoes?

The term “Au Gratin” is French and refers to a dish topped with grated cheese and/or browned bread crumbs. It is difficult to achieve the browned look of au gratin when cooking in a Crockpot, but the taste of these Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham is pretty much the same. The potatoes along the sides and bottom of the slow cooker do brown a little as they cook. If you gently stir the potatoes before adding the cheese on top, then that will bring some of the more browned potatoes to the top.

A plate of crock pot scalloped potatoes with ham

Ingredients for Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

  • Potatoes – Normally I use russet potatoes in this Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham recipe. However, you can also use red potatoes.Try to make your potato slices as thin and even as possible. You can use a mandolin slicer or a very sharp knife to scallop your potatoes. If you love potatoes as much as we do, be sure to check out our other Potato Recipes.
  • Onion – A yellow onion or sweet onion works best for this recipe.
  • Diced Cooked Ham – Typically, I use ham leftovers in this recipe. Since ham freezes very well, you can freeze leftover ham and save it for recipes like this. Add the ham straight from the freezer. It will thaw and warm as the potatoes cook. If you want to make this a vegetarian dish or use it only as a side dish (we love using this as a side dish for Easter dinner), then you can substitute mushrooms, carrots, or extra potatoes for the ham.
  • Cheddar Cheese – We like to use cheddar, but feel free to experiment with different types of cheese!
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup – This condensed soup makes up the base of the sauce in this Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham recipe. If you aren’t a fan of canned condensed soups, then try our Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. You can also use our Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute in place of the can of cream of mushroom soup in this recipe.
  • Milk – The milk adds creaminess to the sauce.
  • Thyme, Salt, and Pepper – As always, season with your heart!

Method

  1. First, peel and slice the potatoes. Toss the potato slices with a few pinches of salt. Then, chop up the onion.
  2. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray. Then, add half of the potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese to the pot.
  3. After that, add a second layer of potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pour the soup mixture over the potato mixture.
  6. Finally, cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours.
A scoop of crock pot scalloped potatoes with ham

Potatoes are Good For You!

Don’t let the low-carb craze scare you away from a potatoes. They’re actually very good for you! Here’s why:

  • Potatoes have more potassium than a banana.
  • They’re high in fiber, so potatoes in your diet can help lower cholesterol. It can also decrease your risk of heart disease.
  • Potatoes are also chock full of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.
  • Plus, they’re quite delicious!

What Kind of Potato Makes the Best Scalloped Potatoes?

When making Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, you want to use a nice, starch potato such as Russet, Idaho, or Yukon Gold potatoes. Russet is the cheapest and easiest to find, which is why most people prefer to use them. They are high in starch. Idaho potatoes are very similar to Russet potatoes. If you like a more creamy, buttery taste, go with Yukon Gold. You really can’t go wrong with either. Yukon golds are nice because the skin isn’t as thick and dry as a Russet so you don’t have to peel them perfectly. In fact, leaving a little bit of the peel on adds nutrients and gives it a nice texture. If you want the best of both worlds, use half of each!

More Crockpot Recipes

Crockpot (Slow Cooker) Recipes are the best! It is so great to make dinner ahead of time and have it ready to serve after a busy day. After you’ve tried this Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham recipe, try some more of our favorite Crock Pot Recipes.

Try another great version of potatoes with these Parmesan Baked Potato Halves. They make a great side dish!

A plate of crock pot scalloped potatoes with ham

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

5 from 20 votes
Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham is comfort food at its best! It is a great recipe to use up leftover ham after a holiday dinner.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

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Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a slow cooker, layer half of the potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese.
    A crock pot filled with potatoes, cheese, and ham
  • Repeat layer.
    A crock pot filled with potatoes, cheese, and ham
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together soup, milk, thyme, and fresh ground pepper. Pour over potato layers.
    A crock pot full of potatoes, cheese, ham, and cream of mushroom soup
  • Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or on LOW for 6-8 hours.
    Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Nutrition Information

Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 19gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 759mgPotassium: 1075mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 31.8mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 7.6mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    So good and comforting. I also added broccoli florets and slow cooked for eight hours. I’ll be adding this to my recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely LOVED this recipe. I have been hunting the internet high and low to find a scallop potato and ham recipe with just the right texture, flavor, and creaminess to check off all the boxes to fulfill my scallop potato craving. I have tried SO many and, frankly, this recipe was so simple, I lacked much confidence in it’s overall success. I could NOT have been more wrong. Wow! I use internet recipes all the time and rarely comment, but this time it would have been criminal to consume this potato perfection and leave the creator unacknowledged. Thank-you so much.
    By the way, my boyfriend has the pallet of a toddler and won’t eat any cheese, eggs, mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. (Basically all the yummy things that just take recipes over the top.) When I can’t smuggle in the ingredient, I usually have to prepare two versions of the dish or go without. For this recipe, I just placed uncooked lasagna sheets down the middle of the crock pot vertically and layered in his half without the cheese. It worked like a charm and I was able to save the work of making a second dish. He loved the recipe too! In fact we are making it for the 2nd time this week for some friends that are visiting. It’s THAT GOOD.

  3. Ok grandma taught me to bake it but time limits the crock pot meals are easier favorites. Living in Ky I add home made called greens with hint of bacon and diced onion and seasoned salt when cooked for a side to the meal. Family loves it and kids even take seconds on the greens at times.

  4. 5 stars
    I love a good crockpot recipe and this one is just amazing! These potatoes come out with the best texture and the absolute best flavor!

  5. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks good! Easier than baking which I have always done! And always have to check and worry if it’s done! Thank You for a great creation!

  6. We grew up poor and potatoes were made for every single dinner. I love this dish so much, amazing childhood memories!

    1. So happy to hear this recipe brought back happy memories! That is our goal! Thanks for the nice comment 😀

    1. You probably wouldn’t want to use canned because the canned ones are typically pre-cooked. They will get too soft in the slow cooker with the additional time. You may be better off just baking. Hope this helps!

    1. This recipe would work with cream of chicken soup or cream of celery. We have a recipe for Cream of Chicken soup works as a great base. See the recipe here: /condensed-cream-of-chicken-substitute/

    1. I have always made this dish with ham, but I don’t see why cooked chicken or turkey wouldn’t work just as well. It would also be delicious as a side dish without any meat at all. You could substitute carrots, mushrooms, more potatoes or another vegetable in place of the ham. Thanks for asking, Jenn!

    1. The milk does not curdle. I’ve made this several times and I’ve never had that problem. You may have a problem adding it at the end because when mixed with the soup it gives the potatoes the liquid needed to cook and become soft and tender. If you are concerned about it, a better alternative would be to use water in place of the milk. Thank you for asking!

    1. I like leaving the potato skins on. As long as you wash the potatoes thoroughly, you’re good to go, it makes for a more nutritional, hearty (and easier) potato casserole! I have also used a bag of ore ida potatoes obrien instead of chopping raw potatoes and onions. It works great if you’re pinched for time as everything is cut up, plus you get chopped green peppers too !! I’ve added sour cream and extra cheese to my casserole as well. Use your imagination as long as the moisture is appropriate to the potato amounts. Enjoy!!