Graham made dinner twice this week and tonight jokingly suggested that I take a picture and update my cooking blog. I decided to do that since this is a relatively simple and filling meal, and it's the same basic meal we've all had at potlucks. Graham learned that it's necessary to do your chopping and prep before cooking so you don't get too distracted and burn dinner in the process. It's a tough lesson to learn, but it's the same lesson everyone needs to learn on their own in order to become a better cook.
This isn't a complicated or fancy meal, but it's basic and filling and perfect for cold nights. This came out of the Betty Crocker cookbook that Graham received for his birthday from his brother and almost sister-in-law. It's also pretty easy for someone who's beginning in the kitchen and isn't sure how to get started.
Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
(Adapted from Betty Crocker)
3 T. butter or margarine
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
3 T. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 c. milk
6 medium potatoes, peeled or unpeeled, thinly sliced (6 cups)
1 1/2 c. cubed fully cooked ham
1 T. butter or margarine
Heat oven to 350 F. Spray a 2 quart casserole with cooking spray.
In saucepan, melt 3 T. butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter approx. 2 minutes., stirring occasionally until tender. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
Mix potatoes and ham in casserole. Gently press down so surface is even. Pour sauce over potato mixture. Cut 1 T. butter into small pieces and sprinkle over potatoes.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 1 hour or 1 hour and ten minutes longer, or until potatoes are tender.
Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Serves 6
- Slicing your potatoes will be easier if you have a mandolin or a lot of patience, neither of which Graham has. :-D Actually, I think his patience would have been better had he sliced the potatoes before he started cooking dinner.
- Other than that, this meal was really fine. I wouldn't make too many changes. This might be nice with some thyme or rosemary just to color it up a bit, but it's not too complicated and that's the beauty of it.