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Friday, July 16, 2010

Creamy Smoked Garlic Scalloped Potatoes n Ham

One of my favorite comfort foods.... a big cast iron skillet full of bubbly, creamy scalloped potatoes and ham...
Kicked up a knotch with garlic and a light smoke.....I was in heaven. :)





I sliced some of the smoked ham I had on hand from my last cook...

sauteed a few onions in butter, then added 2 minced cloves of garlic. Cooked until tender.

I made a basic white sauce by adding about 2 TBs of flour to the onion, garlic butter..stirring constantly to cook the "flour" taste out of the flour. :)

then added half cream, half milk ... to make a nice sauce. I wanted it on the thin side, the sauce thickens while in the smoker. seasoned the sauce with salt and pepper...

Layered peeled sliced potatoes and ham in the skillet, topped with some of the creamy sauce, then repeated layers...


Into the Memphis Pro with hickory, I set the Pro to a temperature of 225F for the first 20 minutes then kicked the heat up to 375F .


The creamy scalloped potatoes and ham cooked for about one hour.. until hot and bubbly and tender.







served with some tomatoes and cucumber salad from my garden...





I don't do this very often, but when I tasted the creamy smoked garlic scalloped potatoes and ham.. I let out what sounded like a whimper. The same little sound I made when I tasted my first smoked bacon wrapped bacon. lol

36 comments:

Big Dude said...

As Emeril would say "oh yeah babe" those potatoes look go good I can almost taste them.

Chez said...

that looks fantastic ~ comfort food kicked up to notches unknown! i also like to make that casserole ... sometimes i make it with smoked pork chops ... yours looks great in that cast iron skillet.

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

I just had lunch but I think I'm hungry again! :)
Cowgirl, have you ever smoke a block of cheddar cheese before? I wonder how that's done.

cowgirl said...

lol Larry...Thanks!! :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you Chez.. I like the sound of pork chops in the skillet, I'll try that too!
:)

cowgirl said...

Thank you YD!
I do smoke a lot of cheese. Mainly in my smokehouse but it can be done on a hot smoker or grill if you get the temperature as low as possible and keep the cheese away from the heart source.
Keep an eye on it and don't let it melt, it will just get a light brown look. Then wrap and place in the fridge overnight.
It's good stuff! :)

Good luck with it!

Dave said...

WOW, Now that's bubble and squeak! Ok not really but... not fair to make my mouth water like that when I'm at work! ;)

The Apple Pie Gal said...

Oh my! That looks devine!!

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother said...

I'm sorry, did you just say "smoked bacon wrapped bacon"?

I think my brain has stopped.

cowgirl said...

lol Hey Dave, I would have fed ex-d some to ya at work! Thanks :)

cowgirl said...

Thank you so much Apple Pie Gal!

cowgirl said...

lol Drew... the bacon was pretty tasty! :)
Thanks!

431cruiser said...

I LOL'd at the whimper.

cowgirl said...

lol 431 cruiser, I probably shouldn't even admit when I do that. The little sound just escapes from my lips without me thinking about it. lol
Thanks 431!

Smoking Gun said...

Girl that potato and ham dish was always a favorite of mine growing up. Brings a tear to my eye thinking about it. That smoked ham looks wonderful. I hafta give you points on that too. Wish you'd invite a neighbor over more often. :)

Cowgirl Cottage said...

YUMMMMMM

cowgirl said...

SG!! How in the heck have you been? It's always good to see you. :)
Next time I make this, I'll be sure to invite ya over. Thanks!

cowgirl said...

Thank you so much Cowgirl Cottage! :)

chezjake said...

Awesome! I've never done scalloped potatoes and ham on the smoker before, but now I'll have to try it. Maybe add a bit of shredded cheddar cheese to the sauce.

BTW, you can save yourself a bit of prep time by cutting the potatoes and ham into 1/2 inch cubes. That allows you to just stir them into the sauce without any layering. They may take a few more minutes in the smoker/oven, but not much more.

cowgirl said...

Thanks chezjake! I like the sound of cubed tatoes too.. I'll give that a try.
Something about potatoes on the smoker...they seem to take on the smoke flavor so nicely. I love smoked twice baked tatoes too!

Thanks for the tip and thanks for stopping by! :)

Ron said...

I would venture to say that there are probably a lot of other people who have "whimpered" after eating what you have prepared.

To paraphrase an old saying, "Those friends that "whimper together"... stay together!"

tjus77 said...

You are killing me while I am on this diet... making this part of my END OF DIET celebration menu.... looks great as always.

Smoking gun said...

I'm doin pretty good CG, postin a litle on smurf and smoked meat. Did some baby backs and chikn wings last weekend to keep the rust off the SNP.
I was looking for chat on both sites and couldn't find on either. weird.
Anyway, good to see your still at it and I hope everything is good with you. I know the food is. :P

SG

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

Ahhh man Jeanie. You're making me whimper just looking at it. I sure don't know how you manage to stay so slim Jeanie. I think if I were around all that classy cowgirl cookin stuff, I'd probably look pregnant in short order, not knowing when to stop.

Anonymous said...

WOW Cowchick...I didnt know you could cook :)

That looks wonderful, esp in the cast
iron

cowgirl said...

lol Ron..I like that old saying. lol
Thanks!

cowgirl said...

TJ, I want to hear what all you are going to have for your end of the diet feast... better yet, I want an invitation! lol
Thanks TJ and good luck to you..hope the diet is going well. :)

cowgirl said...

SG glad to hear you are doing alright. Glad to hear you're still smokin' too. :)
I miss those late nights in the chat room... you and the others made me laugh til I had tears in my eyes. lol
Hey... did you name your babybacks and wings? : p
Thanks SG!

cowgirl said...

lol Mark! I can picture you looking pregnant. lol
keep a few head of range bred, fence jumpin cows around and you'll keep the weight off.
I do cook a lot at times but most of the time I eat something like a tomato for supper. or a cucumber or olives.. lol I'm one of those people who stand over the sink to eat. I know it's a bad habit!
Thanks Mark!
Oh yeah... glad to hear I saved you from picking pink for a trim color. lol That's what friends are for! lol

cowgirl said...

lol Hey Sap!! I just picked up this cooking habit recently. lol
I tried to shoot you an e-mail not long ago...not sure if it made it through. My e-mail has been acting up lately.
Hope all is well with you and family!
Thanks.. :)

Southern Comforts by Dana said...

Good gravy, I love you! Beautiful absolutely beautiful.

cowgirl said...

Thank you so much Dana!

Rothe Homestead Farm said...

Ohhh, you KNOW that's on my 'to do' list.....wonder if I can find some ham ;)


Gene

cowgirl said...

lol Gene... I bet you can come up with a bit of ham... lol!!
Your homemade ham will make it delicious!! :)

Smoking Gun said...

No doubt, I saw gene's hams and was going to post something but I was speechless. (I know, I know) ;)
Ridiculous how good they looked and the step by step was amazing.

cowgirl said...

Didn't the ham look great SG! Gene's one talented guy! :)