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This creamy cheese sauce makes this dish delicious!

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 lbs. russet potatoes, washed, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cups ham, diced chopped chives for garnish

Preheat oven to 350º.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant and onions are tender. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and cook until sauce is thickened and bubbly, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Remove sauce from heat.

Place half the potatoes in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half the ham, then half the sauce. Repeat layers and cover with foil. Bake covered for 45 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes more, until potatoes are tender and top is golden and bubbly. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes and top with chives before serving.

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