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Au Gratin Potatoes and Ham

With hearty chunks of ham and red potato in a creamy cheese sauce, this dish appeals to all at any gathering.—Evie Pond, Ipswich, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 casseroles (10 servings each)

Ingredients

  • 20 pounds red potatoes
  • 8 pounds fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 4 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups milk
  • 6 pounds process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika

Directions

  • Place potatoes in several stockpots and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • Peel if desired and cut into cubes. Place about 6 cups of potatoes in each of eight greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Add about 3-1/2 cups of cubed ham to each dish.
  • In a the same kettles, combine the soup, flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the cheese, pepper and paprika. Reduce heat and cook until the cheese is melted.
  • Pour about 2-1/4 cups of sauce into each pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly.

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