Cheesy potatoes with ham

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
4 cups Potatoes; cooked and diced
1 cup Cooked Ham; diced
2 tablespoons Butter or Margarine
¼ cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
2 cups Milk at room temperature
1 cup Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese; shredded

The Cook and Kitchen Staff are heading "Back to School" and offering you some of our easiest-to-prepare recipes that will produce savory meals for your student either away from, or at, home.

Today's recipe requires full access to a complete kitchen, although both conventional oven and microwave oven preparation methods are provided.

It's a great little recipe that can be nearly prepared one day in advance.

Simply boil the potatoes and cube as directed, then refrigerate in an airtight container. You may also elect to prepare the cheese sauce a day in advance of finishing your potato and ham casserole.

Set a large pot with lightly salted water to boil over high heat setting.

Place peeled potatoes in the pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium high, and cover loosely. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes, then drain, let stand to cool, and dice.

To prepare cheese sauce, melt butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium heat, blend in flour a small portion at a time, and whisk constantly to blend. Add salt and pepper. Add room-temperature milk slowly, whisking constantly, and reduce heat to low setting. Continue to whisk until thickened, then remove from heat and add shredded cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.

To prepare your casserole in a conventional oven, pre-heat to 375-F degrees. Layer potatoes and ham in a lightly buttered oven-proof baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over top. Shake dish gently for cheese sauce to settle. Bake for 40 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown near the edges of the baking dish. Cool slightly before serving.

To prepare your casserole in a microwave oven, simply layer potatoes and ham in an ungreased microwave-safe dish. Top with cheese sauce. Microwave on high setting for 4 minutes. Then microwave at a 70-percent power setting for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then serve warm.

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