Monday, February 27, 2012

Italian Style Scalloped Potatoes and Ham



4 to 6 baking potatoes peeled and thinly sliced looking coins
1 pound of prosciutto or regular ham chopped in 1 or 2 inch pieces
whole milk
all purpose flour
 2 cloves finely minced garlic
garlic powder
1 stick butter
extra virgin olive oil
2 cups shredded blended Mexican Blend Cheeses or use Sharp Cheddar if you can't find it
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
parsley flakes
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
 1 package of club or ritz butter flavored cracker crushed

This is a layered dish alternating ingredients, not measured.
In a large 13x9 baking pan, place one stick of butter in the pan place in a 350 degree oven until melted.
Place sliced potatoes in the pan,  add a layer of ham. sprinkle the potatoes and ham lightly with flour evenly. Add garlic powder, parsley, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and pinch of cayenne pepper. Sprinkle with cheeses evenly over the potatoes. Continue alternating with potatoes, ham and cheese until you use it all. Pour milk into the pan to just cover potatoes. Bake around 30 minutes on 350 degree oven. In the mean time, mix the cracker crumbs with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic. Sprinkle over the top of potatoes, continue baking until fork goes through potatoes and nicely browned, around 1 hour. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. 
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