Easy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Cheesy scalloped potatoes with ham is the perfect way to use leftover ham. Do you want to want to make an inexpensive, comfort food recipe your whole family will love? Scalloped potatoes and ham is the way to go.

a plate of cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham

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Never tried making scalloped potatoes with ham from scratch? One bite of these potatoes and you aren’t going to buy another boxed potato again. This dish is super easy to make, and it is a great way to use leftover ham or even leftover sausage. I have made this same dish with smoked sausage and thought it was amazing.

I like to make this dish with Russet Burbank potatoes, these starchy potatoes mean the sauce will be thick and creamy. You could use other potatoes to make this recipe, like Yukon Gold potatoes, and Idaho potatoes would all work well. You want to use a potato that is starchy, and not waxy. Purple potatoes will work too!

There is nothing better than some bits of ham in the cheesy creamy sauce along with tender potatoes. I cut all of the potatoes into a 3/8 slice. I used my Oxo Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer. It is important to be sure to cut the potatoes evenly, so they bake evenly.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham will please your family.

For this recipe, my preference for the cheese is Gruyere, Emmentaler, or even Jarlsberg. You can use any cheese that is mild in flavor and melts easily. I have even made these with Cheddar cheese. You really could use almost any cheese for this recipe.

What makes this recipe extra easy?

This recipe is extremely easy because you do not make a roux for the scalloped potatoes. We will simply add heavy cream to the casserole dish and then we will top the entire mixture with oodles of cheese.

Since you don’t spend the time making a roux and a cheese sauce, this recipe takes far less preparation than other recipes. Do not worry, you won’t sacrifice any flavor by taking out the step of making a roux.

How to make scalloped potatoes and ham

This recipe is super easy to make. You will need to assemble your ingredients. Grab some Russet potatoes, butter, cheese, ham, cream, salt, and black pepper.

potatoes, butter, cheese, ham, and cream

You will need to give the potatoes a good scrubbing and then you will cut them very thin. The thinner you cut the potatoes the quicker the dish will cook. Begin layer the potatoes into the baking pan, and season them with salt, pepper, ham, and cheese.

sliced potatoes and shredded cheese in a baking dish

After you have added all of the potatoes add the cream. Then bake until the potatoes are tender.

homemade scalloped potatoes and ham

Ways to Upgrade scalloped potatoes and ham

  • Ways to Upgrade these scalloped potatoes and ham
  • Rub a clove of garlic on the baking dish for a subtle garlic flavor
  • Top the casserole with small knobs of butter before baking. The butter will make the potatoes brown wonderfully.
  • Consider swapping out the ham for smoked sausage
  • Add some thinly sliced onions to the potato layer for extra flavor
  • Smoked Gouda tastes wonderful in this dish

Do you love scalloped potatoes? Try more great potato recipes.

a plate of cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham

Easy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

It's so easy to make this potato side dish. You will never need to buy a box to make scalloped potatoes with ham.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 331kcal


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 pounds potatoes thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces ham
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 X 13-inch baking dish. Add a layer of sliced potatoes, and then lightly season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Add some of the ham pieces, and a light sprinkling of cheese. 
  • Repeat the layers until you run out of potatoes. Pour the heavy cream into the dish, make sure the top layer of the potatoes are covered. You may need to add more cream than listed. 
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and the potatoes are tender. Serve immediately.



Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 3.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. John White III

    Thank you, Stephanie, I just tried this for tonight’s dinner. I made a few alterations to accommodate the ingredients on hand. I also used a 12X15 glass pan. I did rub the pan with garlic and used a family favorite, Fiesta blend Cheese. I did add Lipton Onion Soup in lieu of salt for an added flavor boost.

  2. GerriB

    I used evaporated milk as substitute for heavy cream when I make copycat Olive Garden sausage and potato soup. Came out very good. Family and guest liked it.

  3. Judie

    Now that Dunkin Donuts will be dropping this from their menu, I’m looking for the CK recipe for their Chicken Salad!

  4. Carol

    Heavy cream is MORE than just full fat whole milk which contains 3 1/2 percent butterfat. … Removing more water, you get whipping cream, which contains around 35 percent butterfat. Next is heavy cream or heavy whipping cream, which contains about 38 percent butterfat

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