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Can i mix up this scalloped potatoes and ham recipe the night before and have my kids throw it in the oven after school? Or will the potatoes get dark?

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Last updated: Feb. 26, 2014 7:39 pm
Posted: Feb. 25, 2014 5:17 pm
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Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin

Submitted by: Novella Cook 
This is one of the dishes Grandma served to our family during the holidays. Now, when the family gathers and I prepare this for my grandchildren, memories of those special times at Grandma's house fill my mind. I usually double this recipe, because the leftovers are fabulous when warmed in the microwave. 
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Feb. 25, 2014 5:17 pm
Feb. 25, 2014 5:23 pm
So it is Au gratin not scalloped.... but you know what I mean.
Feb. 25, 2014 6:10 pm
I'm with Mrs. J. I'd make it ahead and reheat it.
Feb. 25, 2014 8:11 pm
Maybe its because my efforts are more with a scalloped potato offering than an "au gratin", but I'd think to take a chance and do it same day cooking as eating. Potato will oxidise when exposed to air, but you are basically covering this over with milk and other ingredients, and then covering once again when you put it in the fridge, that there won't be a lot of air that gets at it...devil's advocate, but I think you'd get away with it! Trusting the offspring to take it out of the fridge and set it in the oven at the correct temperature, at the correct time brings in a whole list of risk factors into the picture. Reheating a double recipe to its original goodness can be a bit challenging. Let us know what you decide and what the results are! This question has popped up a number of times, and there's never been any feedback that I've seen.
Feb. 25, 2014 8:51 pm
Thanks for the input, all. Have decided to get all the prep work done I can tonight and throw it together in the morning. Then, as chairlifter said, it is counting on the kiddos to get it in the oven. They are masters of the frozen pizza, so this shouldn't be too difficult for them.
Feb. 25, 2014 9:43 pm
After 50 never trust a "fart", until 30, never trust a child. Let us all know how it goes!
Feb. 26, 2014 7:39 pm
Ha...good advice! Well I am right in the middle so should be safe. I cut the potatoes, made the roux and threw everything together this morning before work. Turned out great! No dark taters! Probably would have been fine even if I did it the night before. Will try that next time. Thanks!
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