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Baked Ham And Spinach Au Gratin

With a few handy ingredients, you can turn a pound of ham into a nutritious meal that will please the whole family.

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Casseroles, Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

3 tablespoons 45mlButter or margarine
1 cup 62g / 2.2ozFrozen chopped onions - thawed and drained
3   Garlic cloves - minced
3 tablespoons 45mlAll-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlDry mustard
2 cups 474mlLowfat milk
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozShredded Cheddar cheese - (4 oz) (or Swiss, or Monterey Jack cheese)
10 oz 284gFrozen chopped spinach - (1 pkg) - thawed and drained
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlBlack pepper
20 oz 568gRefrigerated shredded potatoes - (1 pkg) (or frozen hash browns, thawed)
1 lb 454g / 16ozBaked or boiled ham - cut into 1/2" cubes

Recipe Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter in a medium-size saucepan over moderate heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until pale golden. Add the garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Blend in the flour and mustard, then gradually whisk in the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth -- 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cheese, stir until melted, remove from the heat, and mix in the spinach and pepper.

Arrange half the potatoes in a lightly greased 12- by 7- by 2-inch baking dish, pour on half the spinach mixture, and scatter ham on top. Top with the remaining potatoes and spinach mixture. Cover with foil, set on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 15 minutes longer or until the potatoes are tender.

Dietary Information:

calories .. 814 protein .. 39 g carbohydrates .. 62 g total fat .. 48 g sodium .. 928 mg cholesterol .. 122 mg

ONE-DISH MEALS THE EASY WAY by The Reader's Digest Association (c) 1991 - Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, NY - 352 pages - $25.00 - As reprinted in the Jan/Feb, 1993 issue of Cookbook Digest


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