Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Recipe

Use up leftover ham to make this delicious scalloped potatoes and ham recipe. The perfect side dish for a holiday meal with easy scalloped potatoes.

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Scalloped potatoes and ham, a timeless comfort food, embodies the essence of home-cooked goodness. Layers of thinly-sliced potatoes, savory diced ham, and a creamy, flavorful sauce come together in harmony, creating a dish that’s as satisfying to make as it is to eat. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a potluck with friends, this recipe is sure to impress with its simplicity and deliciousness. It is the perfect way to add some yukon golds or russet potatoes to go with your main course.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Indulging in this scalloped potatoes and ham dish brings forth a myriad of reasons to fall in love. Firstly, its ease of preparation makes it accessible to cooks of all levels. With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, you can whip up a batch effortlessly, saving both time and energy. Secondly, the dish itself is a symphony of flavors and textures. The creamy sauce, tender potato slices, and savory ham combine to create a culinary masterpiece that tantalizes the taste buds and warms the soul.


  • medium-sized potatoes, washed (use whichever type you prefer but I recommend russets for this potatoes recipe)
  • diced precooked ham (great way to use leftover holiday ham or pick up a ham steak)
  • butter
  • diced onion
  • all purpose flour
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • milk (feel free to use heavy cream for a creamier cream sauce)

How to Make the Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare the potatoes by washing with cold water and peeling them if desired, then slicing them into ⅛-inch slices. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low to medium heat. Add in the diced onion to the melted butter and cook until translucent and soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. While the onions are cooking, mix the sliced potatoes with the diced ham and place them in the prepared casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle flour, salt, and pepper over the onions in the saucepan. Stir to coat, then add in the milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook for an additional minute until the sauce thickens.
  6. Pour the sauce over the layer of potatoes and ham in the baking dish, spreading it evenly to the edges.
  7. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are tender.
  8. Allow the dish to cool slightly before serving.

Tips for Making Scalloped Potatoes

  • Ensure uniform slicing of the potatoes to ensure even cooking.
  • Use a mandoline slicer for consistent thickness if available.
  • Layer the potatoes and ham evenly to distribute the flavors throughout the dish.
  • Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes after baking to allow the sauce to thicken and set before serving.

Places to Enjoy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This classic dish is perfect for a variety of occasions. Serve it as a comforting weeknight dinner with a side of steamed vegetables, or bring it to potlucks and gatherings to impress friends and family. Pair it with a crisp salad for a complete meal, or enjoy it as a standalone indulgence on a chilly evening by the fireplace.

Another great way to use these homemade scalloped potatoes with creamy white sauce is to them at Easter Dinner to compliment a main dish. Sunday dinner is another time to use this easy side dish idea. 

Variations for the Recipe

  • Add shredded cheese between the layers for an extra creamy and cheesy version. There are so many options from monterey jack cheese to sharp cheddar cheese and anything in between. 
  • Incorporate thinly sliced vegetables such as carrots, green beans, or zucchini for added texture and flavor to the potato casserole.
  • Experiment with different seasonings such as garlic powder, thyme, or paprika to customize the flavor profile to your liking.

Storing and Making Ahead

Leftover scalloped potatoes and ham can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Simply reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through before serving. Alternatively, you can assemble the dish ahead of time and refrigerate it, then bake it when ready to serve for added convenience.

Common Questions about Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe

Can I use different types of potatoes?

Yes, you can use russet, Yukon gold, or red potatoes for this recipe. Just ensure they are thinly sliced for even cooking.

Can I make this recipe without ham for a vegetarian version?

Absolutely! Simply omit the ham or replace it with your favorite vegetarian alternative such as mushrooms or tofu.

Can I freeze scalloped potatoes and ham?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze leftovers for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

What type of milk should I use for this recipe?

Use whole milk or even 1 or 2 % would work. For a rich sauce use heavy cream or half and half for a more creamy texture.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

A simple recipe for how to make old fashioned scalloped potatoes with ham.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham, holiday dinner, potatoes, potatoes with ham, scalloped potatoes, sides
Servings: 8


  • 6 medium sized potatoes washed
  • 1 ½ c diced precooked ham
  • 4 T. butter
  • ½ c diced onion
  • 3 T. flour
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 2 ½ c milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick spray, set aside.
  • Prepare your potatoes – wash and peel if desired. Slice in ⅛ inch or close to size slices. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium/low heat.
  • Add in the onion and cook for about 2 minutes or until the onions are transparent and soft.
  • Meanwhile, mix the sliced potatoes with the diced ham and place in your prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle the flour and salt and pepper over the onions. Stir to coat – it will be clumpy, that’s normal.
  • Add in the milk and continue to heat. Bring the mix to a boil and cook for an additional minute to thicken the sauce.
  • Pour the sauce over the potatoes and spread evenly to the edges.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and continue to cook for an additional 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are tender.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.


Storage: Potatoes can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.

In conclusion, this scalloped potatoes and ham recipe is a true crowd-pleaser, perfect for any occasion. With its simplicity, versatility, and unbeatable flavor, it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire. Whether you’re cooking for a family dinner or a gathering with friends, this dish is guaranteed to satisfy cravings and bring smiles all around.

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