1 pound ham -- cubed
5 pounds potatoes -- sliced with skin
1 large onion -- chopped
1 pound cheddar cheese -- grated* (divide into 5 small freezer bags and freeze for later)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
4 cups milk
salt and pepper -- to taste
SAUCE: Melt butter in heavy pan. Add flour, stirring constantly. Heat to boiling point; add milk; mix constantly with wire whisk. Heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Add spices. In separate pan, sauté meat with onions. Boil potatoes, but remove from heat while still firm, toss with sauce, ham and onions. Divide between five freezer bags. Label and freeze quickly.
SERVE: Thaw. Pour into baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/5 pound grated cheese.
Bake 350 ° for 20 minutes, or until heated through.