Saturday, February 7, 2009

Another recipe...

My husband tends to be a picky eater, so I get really excited when I find a recipe that he loves. This one is a winner! It is similar to the potato and corn chowder recipe and it is just as good, if not better!

Ham and Potato Casserole

1 1/2 to 2 pounds potatoes, thinly sliced, about 4 to 5 cups
2 cups diced ham
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion (I used dried onion)
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/4 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups half-and-half or 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream (I didn't read this right and only put in one cup of milk. It still tasted great, but probably would have been creamer if I had added the cream with the milk!)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
salt, to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, optional

Preparation:Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Heat oven to 325°.
In a large saucepan, melt butter; add onion and celery and sauté until tender. Add bell pepper and sauté for 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add half-and-half, stirring constantly. Add seasonings and salt, to taste. Continue cooking, stirring, until thickened. Add sliced potatoes and diced ham and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for about 10 minutes longer, or until potatoes are tender. If desired, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of the casserole and bake for a few minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.Serves 4 to 6.

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