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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)


True story: A slow cooker is a busy homeschooling momma's best friend. 

Like in the famed children's classic stone soup, you can pretty much toss a whole bunch of your-entire-pantry into a slow cooker, turn it on low, and serve up a delicious meal by dinner time. What other best friend can claim those kind of props, I ask ya'?!

Sadly though, so many slow cooker recipes contain so much cream-of-MSG soup that my best friend and I often have to limit our time together. Which is just sad because my slow cooker and me go together like peas and carrots. Like peanut butter and jelly. Like homeschool moms and jean jumpers. (Ahem...you get the idea!)


But, this recipe?
This recipe is clean...as in squeaky...no MSG, no fake food, no can't-pronounce ingredients...nothing but whole food goodness-making my cooker and me good pals once again.


{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

In a large slow cooker, combine 6 sliced russet potatoes and 1/2 pound of cubed ham. Sprinkle with 1/2 T. minced onions and set aside.

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

In a saute´ pan, melt 4 T. of butter completely.

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

Add 4 T. of flour. 

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

Whisk together forming a basic roux. Cook until bubbly.

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

While whisking, slowly add 2 cups milk until it's smooth and thick. 

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

Add 1 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and whisk until melted. Then, add salt and pepper to taste. 

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

Pour cheese sauce over the slow cooker potatoes and ham. 

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

Stir completely. Cook on Low for 6-7 hours, or on High 3-4 hours. 

{Clean} Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham (with NO cream-of-MSG soup)

Ingredients: 

6 medium russet potatoes cut into slices
1/2 lb. cooked ham, cubed
1/2 T. dried minced onion
4 T. butter
4 T. flour
2 c. milk
1 c. cheddar cheese
1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large slow cooker, combine sliced potatoes and cubed ham. Sprinkle with minced onions and set aside. In a saute´ pan, melt the butter completely. Add the flour. Whisk together forming a basic roux. Cook until bubbly. While whisking, slowly add the milk until it's smooth and thick. Add the cheese and whisk until melted. Then, add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the cheese sauce over the slow cooker potatoes and ham. Stir completely. Cook on Low for 6-7 hours, or on High 3-4 hours. 

11 comments:

  1. That looks really good and might just be our dinner.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  2. Yum!
    Yes, we tend to stay away from the yucky "cream of MSG" too. Also, watch out for any stock you might buy in a can or carton... I have found only 1, maybe 2 brands without MSG.

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    1. Very true. I usually make my own stock or buy the organic variety from Costco.

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  3. Is it ok to use dairy products for 6+ hrs in the crock pot?

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    1. I've used cream, milk, and cheese for 6+ hours recipes. The only dairy I try to avoid for that length is cream cheese. As long as it doesn't come to a boil, dairy should be fine.

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  4. Where did you find ham that isn't preserved with sodium nitrite? I have looked everywhere!

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  5. I will have to try this recipe. My "picky" kids would eat it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. This recipe looks like one my family would enjoy. My daughter has nightshade and gluten allergies, so we make our own 'cream of' soups, since most of them have 'spices' listed, but don't tell which ones.

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    1. Don't you just love it when they have hidden ingredients?!

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