Ham and Artichoke Hearts Scalloped Potatoes has a lot of different flavors coming together. When they do, your mouth will enjoy the result.
2 cups frozen Artichoke Hearts
1 cup chopped Onion
4 small Potatoes, thinly sliced
Sea Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste (optional)
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Dry White Wine
1 cup Mock Cream (recipe below)
½ cup non-fat Cottage Cheese
1 tsp dried Parsley
1 tsp Garlic Powder
⅛ cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
¼ lb (4 oz) Lean Ham, cubed
2 oz Cheddar Cheese, grated (to yield ½ cup)
1 cup Skim Milk
¼ cup Non-fat Dry Milk
Process ingredients in blender until mixed. Use as a substitute for heavy cream.
Yield: 1¼ cups
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Thaw artichoke hearts and pat dry with a paper towel.
In deep casserole dish treated with nonstick spray, layer artichokes, onion and potatoes; lightly sprinkle salt and pepper over top (if using).
In a food processor or blender, combine lemon juice, wine, Mock Cream, cottage cheese, parsley, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese; process until smooth. Pour over layered vegetables; top with ham.
Cover casserole dish (with a lid or foil); bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
Remove cover; top with Cheddar cheese. Return to oven another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting.
Tips & Notes
Artichoke hearts can be expensive. You can substitute cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower (or a mixture of all 3) for the artichokes.
Artichoke is a diuretic vegetable. Diuretics are substances that promote an increased flow of urine and thereby aid the removal of fluids from the body.
According to the Dasman Diabetes Institute, artichokes have been shown to raise the HDL (good cholesterol)/LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio, which in turn diminishes the risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and coronary heart disease.
They also contain bioactive agents that have antioxidant and anticancer properties.
In terms of nutritional value, artichokes are an excellent source of fiber, which helps to keep bowels healthy and stop constipation; and folate, which works to help form healthy red blood cells and reduces the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in unborn babies.
They also are a good source of other nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium and phosphorus.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (without salt)
Saturated Fat: 4g
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