My husband and oldest daughter recently went to visit some out of town relatives and I wanted to send some food for them to have while they were there so my husband's family didn't have to cook for them. I made Ham and Potato Au Gratin Casserole in two separate pans the day before their trip. It is tasty, travels well and reheats easily. I made it in two pans but you could just make it in one. When it is time to reheat, if you're using two 8x8 or 9x9 pans, reheat at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.
If you're taking this to someone. a loaf of garlic bread and a vegetable on the side would make a great meal!
8 cups cubed potatoes, about 8 medium potatoes (I peeled mine before cutting them into cubes but that it isn't necessary)
1 lb cooked ham, cut into cubes
4 Tblsp butter
4 Tblsp white whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and whisk constantly for about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and cook for another 3 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and stir until completely melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Take mixture off the heat.
Put the cubed potatoes into the casserole dish (or dishes). Mix in the cooked ham and pour the cheese mixture over the top. Stir to be sure all the potatoes are coated in the cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, stirring after every 20 minutes. When the potatoes are cooked through, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the top and bake for 3-5 minutes.
Eat the casserole right away, or allow to cool, cover and give to someone!
Reheating Instructions: Heat at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until heated through.
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