I’ve been on a tiny comfort food kick lately. A loaded potato gratin in the Ninja Cooking System sounded like a fantastic idea every time I had to take our new puppy out for frigid potty breaks last week. So I put together a potato gratin casserole with ham, red pepper, and brussels sprouts. Instant comfort, warm happy bellies in our house.
I’m a “from scratch” kinda person in the kitchen, but I prefer to make dishes that don’t require a ton of time. If it weren’t for my mandoline slicer, who knows how long I’d have been slicing 3 pounds of small yukon gold potatoes… It really made quick work of the task, and I love that it keeps each slice of potato consistent in thickness. I highly recommend having a mandoline slicer handy for gratin casseroles and other recipes that require a lot of slicing.
Now, I know some of you are still wondering about the puppy I briefly mentioned at the beginning. Yes! We got a puppy. He’s the first dog Rob and I have had as adults. Rex loves our kids and has fit in wonderfully with our family over the last 3 weeks. He loves snuggling on the couch with me while I write blog articles. It’s nice to have a pet around again! Unfortunately, he’s still a little too crazy puppy to be in the kitchen with me while I’m cooking dinners like this Ham, Red Pepper, Brussels Sprouts & Potato Gratin Casserole. But that’s ok. I’m sure he’ll eventually outgrow the crazy. For now I’ll enjoy the puppy breath while I can get it.
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In a medium bowl with a pouring spout, mix together the eggs, milk, dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, dried chervil, and nutmeg. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
Turn the dial on the Ninja Cooking System to OVEN at 250℉. Add the butter to the cooker and melt. Using a wooden spoon, distribute the melted butter evenly around the bottom. Arrange one third of the sliced potatoes in a layer at the bottom of the cooking basin. Make another layer with half of the sliced brussels sprouts, and then a layer using all of the roasted red pepper strips. Top with half the diced ham. Sprinkle half of the cheese in a layer, and then pour half of the egg mixture over.
Make layers with another 1/3 of the sliced potatoes, and then the remaining brussels sprouts and ham. Top with the remaining potatoes, and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Pour over the remaining egg mixture, cover the cooker and bake for 1 hour.
Turn off the Ninja Cooking System and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Serve in bowls and enjoy!
I tackle life with enthusiasm and positivity, and I'm on a mission to spread the feel good factor to others. Food is often my tool of choice for making that happen. I realized that it worked for me when my cooking helped me land my husband, Rob. I'm a spontaneous entertainer and always ready for a party.