SLIM SCALLOPED POTATOES AND HAM
Slim Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Growing up an Ohio farm boy, I love comfort food of all sorts. Of course, scalloped potatoes and ham is exactly one of the those comfort foods (along with macaroni and cheese and for me, pizza). Unfortunately, traditional scalloped potatoes are a caloric nightmare. After some recent surgery, I have been forced/convinced to lose all this extra weight I have been carrying around and scalloped potatoes has been off the menu for some time now. That is why, when I found this recipe, I had to try it out. It seemed to carry the comfort food heft and taste with a smaller hit to my daily caloric budget. While this recipe ended up pretty good, we had some trouble with it. First, although no one mentioned it in the original recipe or the comments, I believe the prepared hash browns used in the recipe were pre-cooked in some way. I decided to use regular diced potatoes and we had difficulty getting the potatoes cooked through. It took much longer to bake then called for and still the potatoes weren't as thoroughly cooked as we would like. In the future, I would probably parboil the potatoes for 5-10 minutes, cooking them halfway before including them in the casserole mixture for baking. I have also altered the temperature and instructions of the original recipe to help the baking time. That said, these were extremely tasty and something I would definitely make again. The flavors were strong and pleasant and while not "creamy" it certainly gave the feeling of traditional scalloped potatoes with both a crunchy top and sides and a smooth interior.