Dad’s Scalloped Potatoes

Everyone gets their love of cooking from somewhere. I’m lucky in that I got my love for cooking from both of my parents. My Mum always makes delicious meals, and can take any mistake and turn it into a fabulous meal. (Or at least she’s saved me a bunch of times.) My Dad is one of those lucky people who can just throw ingredients together, and out of it all comes some fabulous dinner that is always delicious. Luckily both of my parents love to share their recipes, so here is one of many to come from my Dad. Enjoy!

Dad’s Scalloped Potatoes
Prep time : 15 min (12 hr, 15 min incl. marinate time)
Cook time: 45 min
Yields: 8-10 servings (ie 1 large cassarole dish)

8 sliced potatoes (hold in cold water)
3 tbsp butter
1 cup diced ham
1 tbsp soya sauce
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup sliced onion
1/4 cup sliced chives
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups scalded milk
1 tsp seasoning salt
1 pinch black pepper (to taste)
3 tbsp flour
1/4 cup shredded cheese, plus extra for topping
2 oz cream cheese

Blend white wine and soya sauce, and add sliced ham. Leave to marinate for 12 hours in fridge.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Saute the sliced onion in a medium saucepan in butter over low heat for about 3 minutes, or until brown. Add in chives and garlic, and stir over low heat until garlic browns. Add ham marinade and saute until liquid is reduced completely. (Set ham aside for now.)

Mix milk, salt, black pepper, and 2 tbsp flour with whisk.

Lay one layer of potatoes in greased baking dish. Add half of saute mixture, sprinkle with flour, cheese, marinated ham, and dot with cream cheese. Pour milk blend to cover contents. Reserve what is left. Continue adding layers of potatoes, pouring some saute mixture over, sprinkling flour, cheese, marinated ham, and dotting with cream cheese, until dish is full. Pour remaining milk blend into dish to cover contents.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes, until sauce is boiling. Add additional cheese over top and bake 5 minutes until cheese is lightly browned. Serve and enjoy!

For a vegetarian version, remove ham.

S. & Dad

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