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Home Care Recipes: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Home Care in Turnersville NJ

Home Care in Turnersville NJAs a family caregiver for your elderly loved ones, you know what it is like to feel so busy that you just cannot imagine trying to fit getting into the kitchen and preparing a made-from-scratch meal into your daily schedule. This does not mean, however, that you have to rely on convenience foods and prepackaged meals or fast food to make sure that they have something to eat at the end of day. With a little bit of planning and putting aside one day of the week to prepare meals you can ensure that their freezer and refrigerator are stocked with homemade, tasty, and nutrition-packed dinners that are fast for them or their in home health care services provider to heat up and enjoy.

This recipe is a delectable twist on a classic casserole that takes it from a rich side to a full meal all in one dish. Ideal for warming your parents up on a cold day, this version of scalloped potatoes adds extra protein from ham for a combination that is comforting, filling, and something you will be happy to feed your loved ones. If you are planning to keep it aside for a later meal, stop before the baking step, cover tightly, and then freeze or refrigerate.

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups of grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • 3 cups of diced cooked ham
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of half and half
  • 1/3 of a cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, plus more for greasing dish
  • A large skillet
  • A 2 quart baking dish
  • A whisk
  • A mandolin
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • Aluminum foil

What to Do

  • Wash the russet potatoes thoroughly
  • Use the sharp knife to dice the yellow onion
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
  • Place the large skillet over medium heat
  • Add the butter and onions to the large skillet
  • Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the onions begin to go soft
  • Sprinkle the flour on top of the onions
  • Whisk the onions and flour together until well combined
  • Cook the onions with flour mix for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown
  • Stir in the half and half and milk carefully, while continuing to whisk
  • Continue whisking as the mixture thickens, which should take about 3 to 4 minutes
  • Add pepper to taste and stir
  • Reduce the heat to low and keep warm
  • Slice the potatoes very thin either using the mandolin or the sharp knife, going as thin as possible
  • Generously butter the 2 quart baking dish
  • Add half of the sliced potatoes and half of the diced ham to the baking dish
  • Sprinkle half of the cheese on top of the potatoes and ham
  • Add a new layer with half of the sauce from the skillet
  • Place the remaining potatoes in the dish
  • Cover with remaining cheese
  • Cover with remaining sauce
  • Sprinkle a bit of extra pepper on top
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil
  • Place in the oven and allow to bake
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the sauce has begun to bubble
  • Remove from the oven
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley
  • Serve hot

For home care in Turnersville, NJ, and the surrounding areas call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.

Andrew Dubler

Home to Stay Health Care Solutions (H2S) is a solutions minded, non-medical home care company enabling seniors and disabled members of our community to stay at home.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.

When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
Andrew Dubler