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Friday, April 15, 2022

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham.

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, the perfect meal to make when you are knee-deep in a house renovation, or just busy with life in general...it cooks itself and tastes delicious!


Last week we took some time (OK, more time than we thought it would take! But dang if those remodeling projects don't always run long on time!) and did a refresh to the kitchen. The old-style Formica laminate backsplash was chiseled off along with the old countertops and traded out for ceramic tile backsplash and butcher block countertops. 

"We" is a rather loose term, it was mostly our son-in-law and daughter doing all the work. But we stood on the sidelines oohing and ahhing at the progress, helping with the baby, and making meals. Along with sweeping up rubble, washing dishes, helping with laundry, as well as more oohing and aahing as the progress took place. 


Meals were not four-star affairs, but they remained delicious. One day it was an odd collection of frozen packages of leftovers from the freezer. Tasty but quite eclectic! And then I remembered my mom's One Pan Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes and thought, why not with ham? So we did! I put it together in the same way, layering the ingredients, with only one change. I put it all in the slow cooker and let it cook while I oohed and aahed some more!

And Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham turned out delicious! Moister than oven-baked which I enjoyed. So good in fact, I thought I would share the recipe here. Along with a photo or two of the refreshed kitchen in the main house. Because there is nothing like easy-to-make scratch-cooked food to ease the builder blues that can come along with any home improvement project!

Some thoughts on this recipe:

Cook for the first three hours with the lid on, and turn the lid 90 degrees to allow for a little evaporation of the pan juices from the ham until done to your liking. 

You will not need salt, the ham offers plenty of added flavor.

Allow the Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham to rest for 30 minutes before serving, the potatoes are really hot! 

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • potatoes
  • ham
  • whole wheat flour
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • onion
  • olive oil
  • evaporated milk
  • cheddar cheese
You will also need the following:
  • a large slow cooker
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • grater
Now we are ready to begin!



Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
by the seat of my pants, inspired by my mom Mary

8 medium potatoes
Ham
1 large onion or 1 generous cup of Diced and Ready to Use Frozen Onions
olive oil 
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
1/4 c whole wheat flour
2 12-oz cans of evaporated milk
cheddar cheese, as desired, grated

Saute the diced onions until translucent, and set aside to cool. Dice the ham, and set it aside.

Wash and slice the potatoes, and place half of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker. 


Season with garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. Add half of the sauteed onion and half of the whole wheat flour. 


Add all of the diced ham. Top the ham with the remaining onions. Sprinkle with the remaining whole wheat flour.

Place the last of the sliced potatoes on top and season with garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. 


Open the cans of milk and pour over the sliced potatoes. Cover and cook for 3 1/2 hours on high heat. 


Remove the lid, and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Let cook until tender, 30 to 60 minutes. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving. 

Storage options for Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. You may freeze for a longer storage time, but do expect some loss of texture when thawed. 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham has been included below. 
Before...

So how did the refresh go? We think pretty well, take a look...a new range hood fan, ceramic tile backsplash, and butcher block countertops!
After!

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Printable "copy and paste" version:
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
by the seat of my pants, inspired by my mom Mary

8 medium potatoes
Ham
1 large onion or 1 generous cup of Diced and Ready to Use Frozen Onions
olive oil 
garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
1/4 c whole wheat flour
2 12-oz cans of evaporated milk
cheddar cheese, as desired, grated

Saute the diced onions until translucent, and set aside to cool. Dice the ham, and set it aside.

Wash and slice the potatoes, and place half of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker. 

Season with garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. Add half of the sauteed onion and half of the whole wheat flour. 

Add all of the diced ham. Top the ham with the remaining onions. Sprinkle with the remaining whole wheat flour.

Place the last of the sliced potatoes on top and season with garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. 

Open the cans of milk and pour over the sliced potatoes. Cover and cook for 3 1/2 hours on high heat. 

Remove the lid, and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Let cook until tender, 30 to 60 minutes. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving. 

Storage options for Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. You may freeze for a longer storage time, but do expect some loss of texture when thawed. 

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  1. Hmm... interesting dish. I may have to try it with pork chops.

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    1. I hope you like it as much as we do, thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Remodeling always takes longer than we plan them. This looks delicious and simple, my favorite type of recipe.

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    1. Isn't that the truth!? Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  3. Looks good!! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 75. Pinned.

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  4. This looks like a great recipe. Saving this to use with some of our left over ham, :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  5. Good job on the update! I never thought of making scalloped potatoes in the slow cooker.

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  6. Thank you, yes a big improvement. This was my second attempt at a dump and go recipe for potatoes, and it is definitely worth doing again!

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  7. Every time we do a remodel of anything I have to remind my handyman husband that it always takes longer than he thinks it will!

    This looks very tasty.

    Have a great week!

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  8. I thing the more time and money part of any remodel is a rule, somewhere...thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  9. That looks so yummy, and the kitchen looks nice, too!

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  10. this looks yummy, thanks for sharing ... stopping by from Inspire Me Monday link #102

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  11. This looks like a great way to use my leftover Easter ham.

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    1. I agree, we had used some leftover ham we had in the freezer. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  12. I'll be trying this recipe with my leftover ham. Thanks for linking up at the Making a Home - Homemaking Link Up!

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    1. Linda, you are welcome, thanks so for hosting! Have a great week ahead.

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  13. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at the Crafty Creators Link Party 15. Pinned.

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow.

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    1. Helen, thank you for hosting! Have a great week ahead, take care.

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  15. It looks amazing! I love scalloped potatoes and ham is even better. I am happy to feature your dish at Love Your Creativity.

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    1. Oh my gosh! Thank you Linda, I appreciate it. Have a great week ahead.

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  16. Yum. Scalloped potatoes are always such a creamy comfort food. These look wonderful and quite the bonus making them in a slow cooker.

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    1. I agree, I have also made a cheeseburger scalloped potatoes dish in the slow cooker, I will have to share that one day soon! Slow cooker meals are my go to on really busy days. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  17. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope you have a fabulous week!!

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