Ham and Potato Au Gratin

Ham and Potato Au Gratin: A Cozy French Delight

Hey there, friends! Today, I'm excited to share a dish that holds a special place in my heart—the comforting Ham and Potato Au Gratin. This classic French creation brings a touch of warmth and richness to any dining table, creating an atmosphere perfect for sharing stories and creating cherished memories. Whether you're aiming to impress guests or simply want to treat your loved ones, this dish, inspired by the cozy Midwest charm, is both easy to make and a show-stopping addition to your repertoire.

Perfect Pairings:

  • Steamed Green Beans or Crisp Green Salad: Add a burst of color and freshness to the meal, creating a well-balanced dining experience.
  • Warm, Fresh Bread: Ideal for soaking up the luscious creamy sauce, making each bite a delight.

Ham and Gratin Potatoes: Servings: 6 to 8


  • 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked ham, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Ham and Potato Au Gratin


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Set your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Layering:
    • Place half of the sliced potatoes, ham, and onions in the baking dish. Repeat the layers.
  3. Prepare the Cheese Sauce:
    • Melt butter in a medium pot over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour, cooking for about a minute. Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture thickens. Add paprika, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in the sharp cheddar cheese until melted.
  4. Coat with Cheese Sauce:
    • Pour the creamy sauce over the layers of potatoes, ham, and onions, ensuring an even coating.
  5. Baking:
    • Cover the dish with foil and bake for an hour. Remove the foil, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes until bubbly and golden.
  6. Rest Before Serving:
    • Allow the dish to cool for a minute before serving to avoid any unexpected burns.

Changes and Tips:

  • Add a Kick: Enhance the cheese sauce with a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few drops of hot sauce for a delightful kick.
  • Vegetarian Twist: For a vegetarian option, omit the ham and incorporate layers of sautéed mushrooms and spinach.
  • Cheese Variety: Experiment with different cheeses like Gruyere or Monterey Jack to elevate the flavor profile.
  • Thin Potato Slices: Use a mandoline cutter to achieve thin potato slices for optimal cooking.

Final Thoughts: There you have it—my heartwarming take on Ham and Potato Au Gratin. I hope preparing this dish brings warmth to your kitchen and joy to your dinner table. Enjoy, everyone! 🥔

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