These scalloped potatoes for one are a shortcut version of one of my favorite comfort foods! Layers of bubbly cheddar cheese, ham, and pre-cooked potatoes in a perfect, quick-cooking, portion-controlled serving.
Total Time 20minutes
Oven-safe 12-ounce (1 1/2 cup) dish
1medium red potatosliced 1/8-inch*
1/4cup(1oz) sharp cheddar cheese
1/4cup(1.5oz) cooked ham
2tablespoonsmilkhalf-and-half, or heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with cold water and salt the water generously. Bring to a low boil and continue to boil for 3 to 5 minutes, until potatoes are just fork tender. (They won't get much more cooking after this, so pull them when the texture seems good to you. And if you accidentally overcook your potatoes, don't worry too much. They will be a little smushy, but will still taste delicious.)
Drain potatoes and layer potato slices, cheese, ham, and butter pieces in your baking dish, sprinkling a bit of salt and pepper over each set of layers, and finish with a final layer of cheese and ham. Pour milk or cream over the top.
Place dish on a cookie sheet in the oven to catch drips and bake for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. If you'd like, (and you're using a dish that allows it) you can turn the broiler on for the last 3 to 4 minutes to get a nicely browned top.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!!
*You can use any type of potato you want (I would peel other types though). I just find red potatoes to be the perfect size so you don't have to waste half a potato.