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Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

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  • Total 2 hr 5 min
  • Servings 6
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The term scallop refers to foods prepared by layering slices with a creamy sauce in a casserole. The technique is most used for potatoes--and no wonder--it is a delicious comfort food that is enjoyed by everyone! Our scalloped potatoes are made with a simple, luscious sauce that really levels up humble potatoes! Flour, butter, milk, onions, and seasonings are cooked on the stove to just the right consistency. The thinly sliced potatoes are stirred into the luscious sauce along with cubed ham, to make it extra-special!
This cozy casserole can be served as a main dish for a casual dinner, using up any leftover ham you have on hand, or is frequently served as a rich indulgent side dish with holiday meals. It goes well with roast turkey or baked ham.

Any leftovers may just be more delicious than when first baked, as the flavors hang out together and the potatoes continue to thicken the luscious sauce. What a quick, satisfying dinner, when your night is busy with activities!
Updated Mar 10, 2024
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What to Serve with Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Our hearty ham and scalloped potato recipe is a comforting casserole you can serve as either a main dish or a side dish! With the addition of ham, this scrumptious recipe is a great one for a weekend dinner. Add a crisp green salad, Green Bean Casserole or plain cooked broccoli or green beans and some fresh or canned fruit on the side, and you have a family-friendly meal that is also perfect for any guests!
Or serve with a simmering pot of Tomato-Basil Soup and the brightly colored Easy Fresh-Fruit Salad with this ham and potatoes hotdish, for a wonderful way to warm up with a colorful, gratifying meal loaded with veggies and fruit.

This ham and potato casserole is always welcomed by those at the table, as a memorable side for holiday meals. It is a natural next to this delicous ham recipe or your Thanksgiving turkey and tastes delicious with Bread Stuffing or any of these flavorful Easter side dishes or Thanksgiving side dishes.

How to Store Scalloped Potatoes

Keep Them Food Save: To store any leftover scalloped potatoes to enjoy later, put them into the fridge right after your meal. They should not sit at room temperature any longer than 2 hours. If they have, it’s best to throw them out, rather than take the chance of having bacteria grow in them that could cause food borne illness.

Fridge: Leftover ham and potatoes should be covered and refrigerated and can be stored for up to 1 week. When reheated, the consistency of the potatoes will be dryer, but they will be as flavorful!

Reheat Several Servings: If they were not stored in the casserole dish they were baked in, spoon them into an oven-safe casserole that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through (at least 165°F.).

Reheat Individual Servings: Place individual servings on a microwavable plate. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on medium-high (70%) for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through (at least 165°F).


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 medium peeled or unpeeled potatoes, thinly sliced (6 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In 2-quart saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Cook onion in butter about 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 1 minute.
  • 3
    Mix potatoes and ham in casserole; gently press down so surface is even. Pour sauce over potato mixture. Cut remaining 1 tablespoon butter into small pieces; sprinkle over potatoes.
  • 4
    Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving (sauce thickens as it stands).

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    A 2-quart casserole will hold 8 cups, but it's a good idea to leave some airspace at the top so the sauce won’t overflow inside the oven. A typical 2-quart is an 8x8-inch glass baking dish, or you can use an oval ceramic baker—just pour some measured water into the pan to check the volume it will hold before using.
  • tip 2
    Cook the onion 1 to 2 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, before adding the flour. The richer, lightly caramelized flavor will boost the overall flavor of the sauce in this Ham and Scalloped Potatoes dish.
  • tip 3
    When prepping this easy scalloped potatoes and ham, cut the ham into small 1/2-inch chunks that will layer nicely with the potatoes.
  • tip 4
    Use a mandoline slicer to achieve perfectly thin slices of potato that will cook evenly.
  • tip 5
    Sprinkle the top of the casserole with 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan or gruyère (like a Swiss) cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking to give your scalloped potatoes with ham a deliciously cheesy finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to cut potatoes for scalloped potatoes?

The potatoes must be cut thinly (one-eighth- to one-fourth-inch thick) to get done in the time stated and for the best sauce texture. It is easy work if you have a food processor with a thin slice attachment or a mandoline slicer. Either will get the potato slices all the same thickness, which is important to make sure all the potatoes are tender at the same time.
If you do not have one of these handy kitchen tools, no worries! A chef’s knife will also work, but just take a few minutes more. Whichever method you use, slice the potatoes immediately before making the sauce and stirring them in, or the cut slices can begin to turn brown if left for any amount of time on the counter.

Prep Potatoes Ahead: You can slice your potatoes ahead of time and submerge them in cold water to prevent them from browning. Keep the bowl of potatoes in water in the fridge up to a few hours in advance.

Why are my Scalloped Potatoes and Ham watery?

There are a few possibilities for why your ham and potatoes are watery:
Small Pan: If you used a pan smaller than a 2-quart pan, it is likely that not as much water was evaporated when making the sauce. That would leave a thinner sauce. Be sure to boil the finished sauce for a minute, as directed in Step 2.

Thick Potato Slices: If the potatoes were cut too thick, it can affect the thickness of the sauce. Fewer slices of potato (because they are thicker) can mean there is less surface area for starch to be released to mix and thicken the sauce.

Covered/Uncovered Baking: Be sure to bake the potatoes covered as directed, and then uncover the pan as directed, for the best sauce consistency.

Let Stand: Standing time before serving the potatoes will allow the sauce to continue to thicken.

Can I use leftover ham for this recipe?

Absolutely! In fact, this recipe is a great one to keep on hand to make every time you have leftover ham! It is a fantastic way to not let those tasty leftovers go to waste in a new dish. It keeps your family from feeling like they are eating the same meal, over and over! Use any leftover ham within 3 or 4 days.
If you will not be able to use it that soon, promptly after the meal, wrap and store the leftover ham in freezer food-storage bags. It can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw it in the fridge several hours or overnight, to use in this decadent casserole when you have time to make it (and might we say, drool over it).

But don’t think this recipe is only for leftover ham! Pick up a ham slice, prechopped ham in the meat case, deli ham or even a turkey ham can be used.


300 Calories, 13g Total Fat, 14g Protein, 33g Total Carbohydrate, 6g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • If your family turns up their nose when you try to serve them leftovers for dinner, this recipe will undoubtedly change their minds! Hearty and tender potatoes all wrapped up in a cozy, creamy sauce with leftover ham is just too good to pass by. In fact, once you make this recipe, don’t be surprised if you are requested to make it again! We love putting delicious leftovers to use in brand-new dishes, to keep your grocery budget in check and put your hard work of making a ham meal to good use, as part of another one! Check out these recipes for even more ways to use up leftover ham! Wondering how to give your other Thanksgiving leftovers some love? We have terrific ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers, too!
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