Sweet Onion, Ham, and Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

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  • Complexity: medium
  • 15 minutes
  • 40 minutes
  • 55 minutes
  • Serves: 6
  • Cal: 825
  • By: Sean Akin The Winemaker’s Grill at Wapato Point Cellars Manson, Washington
Sweet Onion, Ham, and Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

These rich scalloped potatoes are par-cooked in cream for a luxurious baked potato gratin that’s perfect for entertaining.


  • 2 tbsp clarified butter
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 3 lbs Washington State Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 lb cooked ham, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy or whipping (35%) cream
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


To clarify butter, in small heavy-bottomed saucepan set over low heat, melt butter. Remove pan from heat and let sit for 3 minutes. Using ladle, skim froth; slowly pour butter into measuring cup, leaving milk solids in bottom of pan. Discard solids.

Substitute clarified butter with store-bought ghee.

Vidalia and Walla Walla onions work well in this recipe.

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