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Global Gourmet: Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe

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?

Ham & Potatoes Au Gratin

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



1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Stir sauce mix from package, boiling water, milk and margarine or butter with whisk in 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Stir in potatoes from package.

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).

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