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Ham and Swiss Au Gratin

June 15, 2017

Ham and Swiss go together in more than just a tasty sandwich.  Showcase these flavors in this scrumptious Ham and Swiss Au Gratin; it’s great for brunch, Easter, Mother’s Day, or as a beautiful side dish at dinner!

Ham and Swiss go together in more than just a tasty sandwich. Showcase these flavors in this scrumptious Ham and Swiss Au Gratin; it's great for brunch, Easter, Mother's Day, or as a beautiful side dish at dinner!

If you flip through the recipe section of this blog, you’ll find that I have more breakfast/brunch recipes than any other category.  I love brunch, it’s my favorite.  However, I hate cooking first thing in the morning unless I’m really looking forward to what I’m making.  Enter the Ham and Swiss Au Gratin.  It’s a great alternative to most morning potato dishes, and it packs a lot of cheesy goodness and protein.  Plus, if you do the little potato rose on top, it makes for a great showstopper dish at a get-together.

Skills & Techniques

To help you make this Ham and Swiss Au Gratin rise to the glory it deserves, master these culinary proficiencies first.

  • Béchamel Cream Sauce.  This au gratin has a slightly varied version of this recipe, but the tips and tricks in this informative post are invaluable.
  • How To Buy & Store Eggs.  Find out how to decipher all the grocery store lingo and get the right eggs for the job.

Leftovers?

This Ham and Swiss Au Gratin is quite rich, and as a result the portions are small.   This means you’ll likely have leftovers unless you’re serving it at a feast.  Place your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they will last up to 5 days.  If you would like to reheat your leftovers, I recommend:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Place the leftovers in an oven safe dish and cover it with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated throughout.

I like to add a fresh grating of cheese on top before baking.  It helps freshen it up and make it taste less like leftovers.

Ham and Swiss go together in more than just a tasty sandwich. Showcase these flavors in this scrumptious Ham and Swiss Au Gratin; it's great for brunch, Easter, Mother's Day, or as a beautiful side dish at dinner!

Ham and Swiss Au Gratin

My favorite part of this Ham and Swiss Au Gratin is the cute rose on top.  It’s really simple to make, just make sure that you buy one super large potato to have pieces big enough for it.  Roll one piece tightly to form the center and skewer it with a toothpick to help it hold shape.  Put a second toothpick going through it so they crisscross, then work one piece at a time to create the petals.  Continue to use the toothpicks to help it maintain it’s shape, and work until the toothpicks have been filled.


 Get the free printable grocery list for this Ham and Swiss Au Gratin recipe HERE.


This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Ham and Swiss Au Gratin recipe.  To help in making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.

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Ham and Swiss go together in more than just a tasty sandwich. Showcase these flavors in this scrumptious Ham and Swiss Au Gratin; it's great for brunch, Easter, Mother's Day, or as a beautiful side dish at dinner!
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Ham and Swiss Au Gratin

Spruce up your breakfast potato game with this delicious Ham and Swiss Au Gratin. Prepare it the night before and just stick it in the oven in the morning!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 366 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan

Ingredients

Au Gratin

  • 6 large russet potatoes , sliced 1/4" thin
  • 1 lb ham , sliced thinly
  • 1.5 cups swiss cheese , shredded

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp coarse ground dijon mustard
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese , shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper , to taste

Instructions

Sauce

  1. In a heavy bottomed pot, melt the butter and add in the flour to create a roux. Cook for 1 Minute. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the heavy cream until incorporated. Add in the milk, dijon mustard, and gruyere cheese then whisk in the eggs. Set aside.

Au Gratin

  1. In a 1.5 quart baking dish, or an au gratin pan, make a layer of the sliced potatoes so that they are all slightly overlapping and laying (mostly) flat against the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of swiss cheese on top, then add a layer of the sliced ham in the same fashion as the potatoes. Top the ham with another 1/4 cup of swiss cheese. Repeat for 3 layers.

  2. Spoon half of the sauce over the top layer allowing it settle into the cracks of the au gratin before adding more.

  3. For the top layer, stack two potatoes worth of slices together on their side (Hasselback style). Slowly start to spread them out like you're spreading out a hand of cards until a complete circle is made. Do the same with another potato worth of slices to fill in the circle, or make a decorative rose.

  4. Spoon the rest of the sauce over the top of the au gratin, allowing it to settle in before adding more.

Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Sprinkle a little extra gruyere or Swiss cheese on top of the gratin and place the baking dish on a sheet pan. Cover the au gratin with aluminum foil and bake for 90 Minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 Minutes, or until the cheese on top is browned.

  3. Remove the au gratin from the oven, and let it rest 10 Minutes before serving

Recipe Notes

You may not use all of the sauce as you make your au gratin.

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26 Comments

  • Reply MEGAN MCDUFFIE June 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    This recipe is such a stunner! Beautifully done, Mackenzie!

  • Reply Cristina June 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    It looks so beautiful and delicious! I love the little flower from the middle 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much Cristina! That flower really does add an element of beauty to it, doesn’t it?

  • Reply Adriana Lopez Martn June 17, 2017 at 2:48 am

    wow this looks lovely, amazing combination and the detail of making a rose at the top with the potatoes is beautiful. Really want to make this soon perfect for a party =)

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      I hope you get to try making this soon Adriana!

  • Reply Veena Azmanov June 17, 2017 at 9:47 am

    That looks so pretty and I bet it was so delicious…!! I love the combination of ham and potatoes. Love the few crisp tops.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you, Veena! There is always a fight at our table for who gets to eat the rose and get those crisp tops. 🙂

  • Reply Noel Lizotte June 17, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Such a pretty dish … perfect for special occasion brunches! … Like Saturday. Or Sunday.
    I love prepare ahead dishes – not so much because I don’t like to cook, but that I usually wake up hungry and don’t want to spend time prepping … start eating asap!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      I’m just like you Noel. I’d always rather spend some time the night before prepping breakfast than wait a few hours after waking up to eat!

  • Reply Molly Kumar June 18, 2017 at 2:58 am

    This is so pretty and easy to make too. I love the combination of potato with cheese and bookmarking this to try later.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      You can never go wrong with cheesy potatoes, am I right Molly? 🙂

  • Reply Mari June 18, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Oh, this is so beautiful, Mackenzie 🙂 how you assembled it like a little crown! And photos are great too! 😀

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      I always look at this and see a rose, but I’ve never noticed it looking like a crown before, Mari! I totally see it now that you’ve said it! I love it!

  • Reply Marisa Franca @ All Our Way June 18, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Your dish really looks amazing and with the ingredients, you are using I’m sure it’s delicious!! This would be a dish I would serve for company or visiting family. I can imagine the ooohs and ahhhhs when you present it. I’m pinning!!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Those ooohs and ahhhs are always part of my enjoyment in making this au gratin. It’s always a showstopper!

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy June 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

    This is SO pretty and sounds SO delicious. LOVE the presentation. What a way to impress you dinner guests. Simply stunning.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      I have to admit, the response when I bring this Ham and Swiss Au Gratin to the table always makes it worth the effort of making it!

  • Reply Jessica (Swanky Recipes) June 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    This is one seriously beautiful and delicious sounding au gratin! This would be perfect to pair with chicken or steak and even for holidays!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      You’re so right, Jessica! I usually pull it out for the Holidays (especially Easter or Mother’s Day) because of the time it takes to prepare, but the “oohs” and “aahs” I get when it hits the table always makes it worth it!

  • Reply Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife June 19, 2017 at 2:40 am

    This is such a gorgeous dish! What a beautiful presentation and the flavors sound amazing together.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you, Marlynn! Ham and Swiss are always such a classic flavor pairing I feel like you can’t go wrong with it (and then throw in some extra cheese for good measure 😉 )

  • Reply Carol Borchardt June 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This is so beautiful! Such an elegant side dish for a special occasion.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Carol. It’s definitely a showstopper dish!

  • Reply Soniya June 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This a such a delightful and beautiful looking recipe!! Loved the potato ?!
    Pinning it so I can make it soon 🙂

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan September 12, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Soniya. I hope you enjoy it!

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