I set out to make some Macaroni and Cheese on Wednesday, but it just so happens that I was woefully low on cheese.
New plan needed.
And what with all the green, hairy STRESS from Rowdy gettin’ all hurt I really had a hard time processing the fact that I had some ham in the fridge and some potatoes in the pantry and I possess the ability to make a white sauce.
See what I mean?
Makes perfect sense on a normal day. But Wednesday was not the typical day and I even consumed some sugar because it was in the chocolate bar I ate. And everybody knows that when you have stress you need chocolate.
I really don’t know how to get around the sugar in the chocolate thing. I’m not gonna eat artificially sweetened chocolate. Even typing that phrase made me make a face.
Back to the point, or rather how ’bout I begin to form a point?
Ham and Potato Casserole for a Stressful Day Dinner
- 2 cups diced ham
- 8 (or so) potatoes, peeled and sliced
- ½ bag frozen peas
and for the white sauce:
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 or 4 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 boullion cubes (I really don’t know how to spell that, is it right?)
Preheat the oven to 375°, spray the casserole dish with oil. I used my dutch oven, which is just a covered roasting pan, but it’s round so I call it a dutch oven. (Don’t know if that’s right either.)
In a 2 qt. saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the flour and stir it into the butter. Let that cook for about a minute and then add the milk, salt, garlic powder, and b. cubes. Stir it pretty good until the lumps are minimal and then stir it every couple of minutes so new lumps don’t form.
While the sauce is thickening put a layer of potatoes into the casserole dish, next add a layer of ham, and a layer of peas. Do that again until you run out of stuff. You could even add some diced onion at this point. (I was gonna, but I set the onion behind my tea cup and forgot about it until I was cleaning up and the casserole was already in the oven. Oops!)
Now stir that sauce one more time and pour it over all the potatoes and stuff, pop the lid on, and shove it into the oven for an hour or until the potatoes are tender.
This was delicious! I might make it again tonight!
Trixie-the-Wonder-Dog was on high alert for incoming, airborn bits of ham fat. For really fabulous treats that are even remotely meat related she goes all out and catches the bits in mid air. Very gymnastic! It’s quite impressive! And no, she is not a chupacabra, she just gets a really bad case of red-eye in most photos and sometimes it looks wicked-cool so I didn’t edit. You’re welcome!
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