Recipe by Debi
I married a wonderful man of Ukrainian ancestry who frequently requests scalloped potatoes and ham. I like food with a bit of flavour and spice so find the usual recipes sort of bland. Decided if I had to make them, they were going to have to be kicked up a notch. So this is it - my version - hope you enjoy it. * if you don't like it as spicy, reduce the cayenne and chili pepper to 1/2 tsp each. Also, asiago or parmesan cheese can be used in place of the romano.
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 3 cups ham, cooked and cubed
- 1⁄2 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1 (4 ounce) canchopped green chilies
- 1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1⁄4 cup romano cheese, grated
- 5 cups potatoes, pared & sliced 1/4 inch thick
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; using a wooden sppon, blend in flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, chili pepper and garlic powder.
- After blended, stir constantly for 1 further minute.
- Remove from heat and graduallly stir in milk. Return to heat when mixed well and cook until it thickens. Add dry white wine, stir until thickened again.
- Fold in onion, bell pepper, diced green chilis, minced jalapeno. Fold in Ham and cheeses. Mix well.
- Place sliced potatoes in a large bowl and pour mixture over top. Stir gently then pour mixture into a greased 13x9 inch glass baking dish. Cover with foil.
- Cook at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to cook for a 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.