I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Easter Sunday. We had a great day here. Lots of good food, fun with family and even some decent weather for a change! (those of you who live in warm climates may debate that last one since it was only in the 50s and partly sunny, but we've had a brutal Spring so far, so I'll take it)
I thought I'd share an easy way to use leftover ham. This year, we had pork for Easter dinner, but I had bought a ham last week and made this dish with the leftovers. My boys loved it, which is always a bonus. They are normally good eaters, but need to be reminded constantly during dinner to eat, so when I find a meal that they eat without any prodding, its a keeper!
Its inspired from this recipe, but I modified it to get this:
Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin
- 4 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 cups diced cooked ham
- 15 oz can corn or frozen corn
- 3 tablespoons minced onion
- 2/3 cup butter or margarine
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 TBS dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- small pinch cayenne
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- generous dash pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Combine potatoes, ham, corn and onion in a greased 9 x 13 casserole; set aside. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; stirring constantly until mixture thickens and bubbles. Add cheese, parsley, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper; stir until the cheese melts. Pour over potato mixture and stir gently to mix. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.
Like I said, these guys loved it:
Plus it was easy. It doesn't get much better than that!
On the remodeling front, I have to admit that my little mishap with the hutch sucked up a lot of my energy and enthusiasm last week. I am happy to say that the doors no longer look like this:
and now look like this:
(Ignore the orange oak cabinets...their day is coming)
It really wasn't that difficult to fix after all. It just took a lot of detailed sanding, but the repainting was a breeze. I am planning on finishing it this week with a little light distressing and then some finishing wax.
Thanks for your patience as I crawl along! Have a wonderful week!