I love casseroles made with fresh potatoes and cheese. However, who wants to fire up the oven in the middle of the summer? I decided to make one on the barbecue.
I had some trimmings from a smoked picnic shoulder. You could use any kind of ham you like. I cut it to about a 1/4 inch cube.
I cut some new potatoes from our garden to about a 1/2 inch dice. I added the olive oil and herbs and tossed to mix.
I put the potatoes in a foil pie plate. I sprinkled the ham over the potatoes and the green onions over the ham. I covered it all in foil and put it on the top rack of my barbecue which had been preheated to 400 F (medium high).
I let it cook with the lid closed on the barbecue for 30 minutes. I lifted the foil to confirm the potatoes were cooked. I took the foil off and spread the cheese over the top. I closed the barbecue and let it cook for 10 minutes, until the cheese was melted.
We served it with 3 different salads prepared by She Who Must Be Obeyed that featured fresh produce from our garden.
This was terrific. The creamy potatoes, salty ham and gooey cheese are just what I wanted. This is the perfect summer casserole.
The Old Fat Guy
- 500 ml (2 cups) ham, 1/4 inch cube
- 1 liter (4 cups) potatoes, 1/2 inch cube
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) chopped fresh thyme, or 5 ml (1 tsp) dried
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) chopped fresh sage, or 5 ml (1 tsp) dried
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) chopped fresh basil, or 5 ml (1 tsp) dried)
- 25 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil
- 50 ml (1/4 cup) chopped green onion
- 250 ml (1 cup) grated cheddar cheese
- Put potatoes, thyme, sage, basil and olive oil in a bowl and toss to coat the potatoes.
- Put the potatoes in an aluminum pie plate.
- Sprinkle the ham over the potatoes.
- Sprinkle the green onion over the ham.
- Cover the pie plate with foil.
- Put on the top rack of a barbecue heated to 400 F (medium high) and close the lid of the barbecue.
- Cook for 30 minutes.
- Lift a corner of the foil to make sure the potatoes are cooked. If not, seal the foil and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Remove the foil and spread the cheese over the potatoes and ham.
- Close the barbecue lid for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.