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.
Crock Pot 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 slow cooker, 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.
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!
- First, peel and slice the potatoes. Toss the potato slices with a few pinches of salt. Then, chop up the onion.
- Spray the crock pot with cooking spray. Then, add half of the potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese to the pot.
- After that, add a second layer of potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together the condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the soup mixture over the potato mixture.
- Finally, cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours.
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 Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) Recipes
Crock Pot (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.
- Slow Cooker Lasagna – This is the easiest way to make lasagna! You don’t have to boil the noodles ahead of time. They cook in the sauce and come out perfectly every time.
- Slow Cooker Pizza Bake – All of you favorite flavors of pizza in a hearty pasta dish. Make it with your favorite pizza toppings.
- Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup – A rich, stew-like soup with ground beef, potatoes, and lots of vegetables.
- Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Cabbage – This is a Slow Cooker version of a Hawaiian dish often served at Luaus. The pork is tender, juicy, and flavorful.
- Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Shredded Chicken – A few ingredients are added to chicken breasts in the slow cooker to make a creamy, shredded chicken sauce that is delicious served over rice or pasta.
Try another great version of potatoes with these Parmesan Baked Potato Halves. They make a great side dish!
Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
- Crock Pot
- In a slow cooker, layer half of the potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese.
- Repeat layer.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together soup, milk, thyme, and fresh ground pepper. Pour over potato layers.
- Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or on LOW for 6-8 hours.