Wednesday, June 11, 2014

'Creamy Ham and Potato Au Gratin'

     POOPED...That's how I feel...yes, pooped, that's it! This week has just exhausted me! Something easy but super tasty is just what the doc ordered for tonight oh, and a cocktail of course!! So, marching my fat over to the freezer, cocktail in hand, I notice (under a bag of frozen veggies) a big ol' ham steak - hhhmmm, this could be interesting. I do have a few potatoes I need to use before they start to root so tonight we'll enjoy 'Creamy Ham and Potato Au Gratin' YUMMOLICIOUS!!
    This is what I've got: 
        1. 1 lrg ham steak (mine is a little over 1lb) cut into cubes
        2. 3 cups potatoes  boiled, peeled & also cubed
        3. 3-4 strips of 'crispy' bacon crumbled
        4. 1/2 cup diced onion (I'm using green onion, white and green parts)
        5. 1/4 cup mayo
        6. 3/4 cup whole milk
        7. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or a little more if your feeling cheesy)
        8. butter
        9. pepper
      10. a little flour for thickening 
Top off your cocktail, relax and let's wet that appetite! Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
    Drop a little glob of butter into a large skillet (naturally), and sauté onions until tender. Toss the potatoes, mayo, ham and bacon in with the onion. Stir it up then pour it into a greased 11in x 7in baking dish. Use that same skillet (why dirty more jazz) melt about a tablespoon of butter. Stir in a tablespoon of flour and a good amount of pepper until no longer lumpy. Slowly add the milk stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. Cook for a min or so (keep stirring). Add the cheese, lower heat and stir until cheese is melted. Pour cheese mixture evenly over ham & potatoes (you can always add a little more butter on top for more richness). Cover. Bake for approx. 30 min. until heated through and bubbly. Now this is what I call DERN TASTY!! May the rest of your week be fab. Go eat (& drink)

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