Cheesy Garlic & Ham Potato Cake

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bauchjw

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This was going to be my entry for the Throw Down, but weather wouldn’t let me use my smoker . . . so now it’s a Thread, works great in a Cast Iron. PLEASE IGNORE THE OINK!!!!

I know that spiraled ham is not not always the most popular here, but my wife likes them sometimes and as a result, so do I. I was looking for a creative way to use some of the ham leftovers, beyond my favorite split pea soup, and came across a recipe that looked pretty cool and modified a tiny bit. It made for a very hearty side dish, Breakfast, then a side dish again for next diner, then breakfast again. Picture heavy as usual:

Using a mandolin thin slice 4-5 peeled russet potatoes.
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Buttered up a CI and put a layer of a sliced potatoes around the outside edge, then filled out the inside with slices. (2 layers for bottom may have been better).
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Then top first layer of potatoes with cheddar cheese and some Gruyère cheese, then a layer of ham. Repeated this process 3 times (or as much as your pan can hold!), but last layer should be that awesome cheese!
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Cover with greased aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes at 375, I had to use an oven, but some nice apple or hickory would have been an awesome additional flavor!.

After roughly 45 minutes remove the pan and increase the cooking chamber temp to 400. In a medium bowl, combine 2 Tablespoons of flour, 2 Cloves fresh minced garlic, .25 Cup Parmesan, dash of salt, pinch of pepper and mix well. Then slowly add in 1 cup heavy cream into the bowl. Uncover the skillet and pour the cream mixture over potatoes, spreading evenly. At this point I minced an additional garlic clove and sprinkled over the top after the cream had settled.
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Back in and cook uncovered at 400 for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown/crispy on the edges. Pull, cool for at least 30 minutes, then slice and serve.
IGNORE THE OINK
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We had this as a side, shoring up Baked Brussel Sprouts with hollandaise sauce, an some gifted Filet Minion smothered in red wine reduced shrooms and onion. Pretty filling meal, definitely took the belt out a notch on this one. This is an awesome hearty side, but be warned, very rich and filling.
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Thank you for your time! Happy 2020! Wait 2022?
 
How can you ask us to ignore thee 'OINK' and 'Oink!' signs? They need some explainin. One sign one picture, no problem, but 2 signs and 3 pictures?
 
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How can you ask us to ignore thee 'OINK' and 'Oink!' signs? They need some explainin. One sign one picture, no problem, but 2 signs and 3 pictures?
Haha, sorry, exactly what SmokinVOLfan SmokinVOLfan said. That was the code word needed for the throw down. I took multiple pics to pic out which one looked the best, but when I realized that because I didnt use a smoker I couldn't be a contestant I just put them on the thread. Hopefully it made you smile a bit!

Looks and sounds great!
Thank you Sir!

Does that ever look good. And really filling. It's a full meal all by itself.
I'll definitely be making this one in the near future!! 🤩🤩
Gary
Thank you Gary, it is 100% filling and definitely worth it to try!
 
Haha, sorry, exactly what SmokinVOLfan SmokinVOLfan said. That was the code word needed for the throw down. I took multiple pics to pic out which one looked the best, but when I realized that because I didnt use a smoker I couldn't be a contestant I just put them on the thread. Hopefully it made you smile a bit!
Actually it looks delicious, And I would make an Oink of myself it looks so good.
 
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Looks delicious! Think I'll store that under healthy eating... cuz I'd healthily eat a bunch of that!

Ryan
 
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I don't know that I'd consider that to be a side. That looks so good, I'd likely ignore the main course and stuff myself with it.
 
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Actually it looks delicious, And I would make an Oink of myself it looks so good.
Haha! I was thinking of the meat loaf scene from Christmas Story!🤣


Looks delicious! Think I'll store that under healthy eating... cuz I'd healthily eat a bunch of that!
Ryan
Thanks Ryan! Definitely a “Healthy” Iowa Farmers meal!
 
That's a shame Jed because that is a great way to use the ham. Are you sure the ham was not already smoked
That would have been a great entry
I have see this done with different items , But I am going to try yours

David
 
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Excellent!
We have a ton of Ham left over from both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will be making this in the near future since I have all the ingredients on hand and won't have to go out (It's 3 degrees F right now). Maybe tonight!
I think it would have been OK for the throwdown....
 
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That's a shame Jed because that is a great way to use the ham. Are you sure the ham was not already smoked
That would have been a great entry
I have see this done with different items , But I am going to try yours
David
Thank you David, I really appreciate it. Well, technically the ham was smoked, but I didn't smoke it and wouldn't feel right. I know everyone puts a lot of time and effort into their entries and I respect the hell out of the effort, entering it would have felt like cheating. On the upside, it was a fun meal and tasted good! I'll be more careful next throw down!

bjw, Very nice meal idea!
Thank you Crazy, I appreciate it!

I took the 'OINK" as meaning I need to make this and make a pig outta myself! :emoji_laughing: That is a great looking skillet full of greatness! Looks filling and warming.
Jim
Haha, thank you Jim, its definitely a pig out dish! I appreciate your time.
 
No problem Jed , you said could not use the smoker because of the weather so , that I get . Nothing you could do.
Great meal no matter how it was finished , it is what's in it and the process.
Great job
David
Well, I suppose it is a lame excuse, we had plenty of time and I could have used the smoker through the weather at the time. I really just had a brain fart and realized it at the very end. By then I decided to move on and see what was up next! I appreciate the support and points David!
 
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