Monday, May 28, 2012

Slow Cooker Ham & Scalloped Potatoes in Southern California

We spent last week in Southern California - business trip mixed with fun with family & friends in the evening. My best friend, Jenny, made us a delicious meal in her home one evening and graciously shared the recipe with me.

Jenny's Slow Cooker Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
1 1/2 pounds ham, cut into large chunks
7 to 9 medium sized potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of celery soup
1 cup fat-free or low-fat shredded cheddar or American cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste

Layer half each of ham, potatoes, and onion in slow cooker. Sprinkle with half each of salt & pepper, then half of shredded cheese. Repeat layers. Spoon soup over ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on high for 1 hour, then low for 6-8 hours. Sprinkle with paprika and serve. Enjoy!!

Jenny served the ham & scalloped potatoes with salad, asparagus, and breadsticks. It was such a delicious meal. You could serve this any time of year - perfect in spring with fresh salad and asparagus and perfect in fall or winter because it's a very nice, warm "comfort food."
Jenny had her table set beautifully. We ate family style and enjoyed a wonderful evening together.

 Always the perfect hostess, Jenny had a sweet note on her chalkboard for us and (our favorite) salted dark chocolate caramels.

 Dessert was vanilla or chocolate ice cream with warmed cookie butter and dark chocolate chips.
It was decadent.

You can get cookie butter at Trader Joe's (I got some of this to take back to Oklahoma because sadly there are no Trader Joes in the state).

 Thank you, Jenny, Ryan, Karly, and Leah for a fantastic dinner and fun evening in your home! xo

In addition to a wonderful evening with our dear friends....

The view from our hotel in Huntington Beach

Of course we stopped at In-N-Out for a buger as soon as we got to Orange County
(no In-N-Out in Oklahoma either)

Oklahoma isn't all bad (even though they're missing Trader Joe's, In-N-Out, Costco, and the Pacific Ocean)... this beautiful rainbow was in our Oklahoma neighborhood on our way to the airport before our week in California.

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