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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

This dish is a crowd-pleaser with its creamy sauce, chunks of ham and potato slices. I always enjoyed it when Mother made scalloped potatoes and ham. I added the parsley and the thyme, and now my husband and five children request it. —Wendy Rhoades, Yacolt, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 small onion, grated


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, parsley, salt, thyme and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Combine potatoes, ham and onion; place half in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with half of the sauce; repeat layers.
  • Cover and bake until potatoes are almost tender, 65-75 minutes. Dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 15-20 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Before you peel potatoes, scrub them with a vegetable brush under cold water. Remove eyes or sprouts. If you have a lot of potatoes, place them in cold water after peeling to prevent discoloring.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 521 calories, 28g fat (16g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 2343mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein.


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    • angela32
      Oct 3, 2020

      These were amazing! I didn't have thyme or parsley, so I used Badia complete herb blend (like Mrs. Dash).

    • mtorma
      Aug 29, 2020

      This is by far the very best recipe ever for so-called potatoes & Ham, I’ve made this since this recipe came out!! ??

    • Shirley
      Jun 20, 2020

      Excellent recipe for scalloped potatoes and ham! It's my go-to recipe and I've made it several times, including for others. I've always gotten rave reviews. I love the small amount of time added to the recipe. Just the right amount to put a little interest into the meal. I've tried a variety of different hams. We really love to use the leftover smoked ham from our smoker. But any ham works great! I feel the sauce is the perfect amount for making this and I use a 9 x 13 pan. The prep time is going to be different for everyone depending on how it's done. For someone with a food processor, the prep time is easily 10 to 15 mins. I don't like to use cheese in scalloped potatoes. I prefer just having the standard scalloped with white sauce. I often use fresh parsley and thyme because I prefer the flavor of fresh herbs. Great recipe!

    • Donna
      Apr 13, 2020

      This was the best scalloped potatoes with ham my family couldn't ge enough. I was worried when reading a couple reviews about the thyme tasting bad. I will make this from now on so simple ! Very creamy may add more onions next time.

    • janedrnmmc
      Feb 16, 2020

      The Thyme was overpowering and definitely doesn’t belong in any potato dish imho. It did make enough for the entire team of the Green Bay Packers. However, I would use the recipe again without the Thyme.

    • Skip
      Jan 30, 2020

      4 Servings? Who is being fed, the Green Bay Packers? This is easily 8 good size portions.

    • Lucinda
      Dec 22, 2019

      I added sharp cheddar cheese and I didn’t put thyme in because if you are of a European descent, thyme has a soapy taste to it. It’s just a part of genetics! ????

    • Polly in WA
      Sep 25, 2018

      I followed the recipe but I also added 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese which I sprinkled over the middle layer and the top layer. I also used two cups of milk instead of 3 because I didn't read the directions correctly; it still turned out amazing!

    • jchrist67
      Apr 11, 2018

      This was delicious. I skipped the thyme as I am not a fan. I also cut back on the onion as we are not onion lovers either. My daughter was not enthused but ended up having two helpings as did my son-in-law. I think it would feed more than 4. We have hearty appetites, and had plenty left over.

    • jordiesgran
      Apr 8, 2018

      Perfect the way it is. My husband said it was just like his mom made!