My oldest daughter Samantha is crazy about potatoes. If she’s hungry on a Saturday afternoon she’ll microwave a single potato and then turn it into mashed potatoes or some other potato concoction. A lot of times if we’re cooking a large dinner Samantha will be in charge of making the potatoes. Well, Samantha asked me to cook scalloped potatoes a few weeks ago and I had a brand new slow cookerthat I wanted to try out. I ended up preparing the scalloped potatoes on a weeknight and cooked them in the slow cooker
the next day.
It’s February so I was able to put all the ingredients in the slow cooker
and store it in the garage over night. Then first thing in the morning I brought it inside so the inner pot would warm up to room temperature before turning the slow cookeron. The convenience factor of the slow cookerworked out really nice because, my wife had some stuff going on during the day and both of our kids had activities in the evening.
I found this recipe on Pinterest and I liked the fact that it has ham along with onions, and cheddar cheese, with cream of celery and paprika on top. I have to admit that I’ve never had cream of celery soup in my entire life. I like celery though because I feel so much healthier eating peanut butter out of a jar with a stalk of celery as opposed to using just a spoon.
I prepared this at night after the kids were in bed, even though I really wasn’t in the mood to cook. If I’m feeling too tired to cook or bake, I must be really tired. I would have much rather been sitting next to my darling wife on the couch relaxing in front of the TV watching the situation unfold with Billy and Adam on Young and the Restless. I’ve got my own prediction on what’s going to happen with that.
Getting back to the potatoes; I’m happy to report that preparing this dish only took me ten to fifteen minutes including stopping to take some pictures. I saved some time by using my mandolin to cut the potatoes and onions. Safety first with the mandolin; it’s really important to use the guard to hold whatever you’re cutting because the blade is razor sharp.
For this recipe I used 7 medium sized Russet potatoes, one 12 ounce slice of ham and 3 medium size yellow onions. We had enough food for more than three meals. This would have been perfect if I was bringing it as a side dish to a holiday dinner or some giant party. The next time I make them I think I’m going to use 3 or 4 potatoes, but I’ll leave everything else the same, with the exception of adding a little bit more salt. The most important thing is that Samantha liked the potatoes. My whole family liked the Slow Cooker Potatoes with Ham so it was a total success.
This is the slow cooker that I use and I really love it. This one is much nicer than the old ones with the glass lid and the mechanical switch. It has a programmable timer from 30 minutes to 20 hours so I can set it on high or low heat for a certain time, then it will operate in a mode where it will just keep the food warm. This is nice because when I was single I would worry about the food getting overcooked if I had to stay at work longer than I planned.
One other thing I really like about this slow cooker is the lid which locks into place and has a gasket to seal the food inside. This is especially nice if you’re making something to bring to a party so there’s no worrying about the lid coming off in the car and food spilling all over your trunk. That is what sold me on this slow cooker.
Adapted from Grandma’s Slow Cooker Recipes