Okay, you guys. We are still going strong on this $20 ham we bought for our New Year's Day dinner. So let's go through what we've made with it.
New Year's Day Dinner - Plain ham with baked beans and Macoroni sides
Split Pea Soup
Ham and Cheese Hand Pies
Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad
Montana Scalloped Potatoes
but guess what?!? We STILL have ham left. Like half a gallon bag. I'm going to need your ideas now!!
This is another recipe that I am only going to show pictures of because you can literally do it however you want. If you use more or bigger potatoes, you'll want more rue. If you like things supper cheesy, you'll use more cheese. If you like more mellow, you'd change to mozzarella. If you are like my Rhett Buttler, you'd probably prefer hamburger to ham. You do you, boo....Just follow the basic guidelines and you will have a hit!!
Here is my initial ingredients - except that I forgot the onions. Don't like onions? Leave them out! Maybe don't use purple onions because they will turn black.
First, I cooked onions in butter for about 3 - 5 minutes, added spices. Then I added about 2 1/2 Tablespoons of flour. I cooked that for about 2 minutes over medium. I added 1 1/4 cups of milk and let it thicken, and then most of the cheese and let it melt.
In a casserole, I placed one layer of potatoes, then all the ham, and then the remaining potatoes. I poured the rue over it all, but it did not cover the potatoes, so I poured milk in until all of the potatoes were covered.
The casserole was covered with foil and placed in a 350°F for an hour. After an hour, I checked and the potatoes were not done. Cooked another 2 hours to have potatoes completely done and that nice black ridge around casserole that my husband loves.
Okay, I'm going to go and freeze the rest of this ham!! Let me know what your favorite ham recipes are for when I can eat it again!!
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