To the discriminating palate, rarely is store-bought fare as good as home-made. But there are a few glorious exceptions. One of those is brownies: who makes “from scratch” home-made brownies these days?? Why would you, when there’s a box mix to suit every possible chocolate craving?
One other exception is potatoes au gratin. Now, au gratin sounds like a fancy French term, right? Would you believe the literal meaning is “with the scraping” (i.e. the burnt part)? Doesn’t everything sound better in French? 🙂
Anyway, here is a fun, easy, quick, deeee-licious recipe that takes a store-bought box of potatoes au gratin and improves on it so that it tastes completely home-made.
(Note: Try pairing with a fresh garden salad!)
1 box Betty Crocker au gratin potatoes
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup milk
2 TBS margarine or butter
1/2 cup cubed ham steak, uncooked
1/4 cup chopped red onion, optional
Chopped parsley, fresh or dried, optional
2. Add ham and onions, stirring gently to distribute. Sprinkle lightly with parsley flakes.
3. Bake uncovered about 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken as it stands).