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Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is comfort food at its best! Delicious side dish, or main course for a quick supper.
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- Ingredients for Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- What is the Difference Between Potatoes Au Gratin and Scalloped Potatoes?
- Potatoes are Good For You!
- What Kind of Potato Makes the Best Scalloped Potatoes?
- Make it Vegetarian
- More Crock Pot Recipes
- How to Make Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
- Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Recipe
This Crock Pot Scallped Potatoes and Ham dish is no-fuss, and one of the best scalloped potato recipes ever! The prep takes just a few minutes and you’ll love the way the tender potatoes melt into the cheesy sauce. Add any kind of baked ham or spiral ham and you have an entire meal in one pan. Serve with a side salad and you have a complete meal. Or make this yummy dish as a side to a larger meal or brunch buffet. The savory ham, tender potatoes, cheese and cream sauce are the perfect combination.
Ingredients for 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 so they’ll cook evenly and turn out nice and tender. You can use a mandolin slicer or a very sharp knife to scallop your potatoes.
- 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. You can use diced bacon, too!
- Cheddar Cheese – We like to use sharp cheddar cheese for a tangy cheddar cheese sauce, 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 Crock Pot 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. You can substitute a little heavy cream to make the cream sauce even more rich and indulgent.
- Thyme – This herb has a light mint and lemon scent and taste.
- Salt, and Pepper – Start with a teaspoon salt and half a teaspoon pepper, but season to taste.
- Herbs – Experiment with all sorts of herbs and spices as you season. Chives are delicious, a sprinkle of garlic powder, etc.
What is the Difference Between Potatoes Au Gratin and Scalloped Potatoes?
The term “Au Gratin” is French and refers to a casserole dish topped with grated cheese and/or browned bread crumbs. It is difficult to achieve the browned look of au gratin potatoes when cooking in a crock pot, but the taste of these 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 bake. 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.
- First, peel and slice the potatoes. In a large bowl, 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, starchy 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!
Make it Vegetarian
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.
Potatoes (or the starch in the potatoes) can sometimes remain tough if you cook them in something acidic like sour cream. If you cook them with milk or heavy cream, they should be nice and soft.
If you find your scalloped potatoes don’t have enough flavor, add herbs and seasonings! Thyme is a great one to start with, or some garlic powder, diced chives or extra salt and pepper.
If your sauce is too runny just using milk, add heavy cream or whole milk to create an extra thick sauce.
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How to Make Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
- Peel and slice potatoes, and tossed with a few pinches of salt. 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.
- For best results, use starchy potatoes like Russet, Idaho or Yukon Gold potatoes.
- 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!
- 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.
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