Happy 2014! I hope everyone has had a wonderful few weeks and is having a very successful 2014 thus far! I took a little break from blogging (and a lot of social media) to enjoy spending time with my new stepson. He is a firecracker in the best way possible (more on the transition of Ms. Julie – as he calls me – into the parenting world in a later blog!).
Anyway, a couple of nights ago, with the weather being so chilly, hubs decided that he really wanted some soup and since I definitely enjoy soup I was willing to oblige. However, I definitely did not feel like cooking all day, so we decided upon a ham, corn & potato chowder! We definitely enjoy it and we hope you do as well! I’ve made some suggestions below as to my thoughts / changes to the recipe.
Ham, Corn & Potato Chowder
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 – 15-ounce can chicken stock
2 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups half and half or 2 cups milk
2 – 15-ounce cans corn, un-drained
2 cups diced ham
2 tablespoons fresh parsley or one tablespoon dried
1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Add the flour and stir to make a paste. Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring frequently with a whisk to avoid lumps.
2. Add the potatoes. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes are barely tender.
3. Stir in half and half and both cans of un-drained corn. Cook uncovered for six to eight minutes. Stir in ham and parsley. Reheat if necessary.
NOTES: I usually double the recipe (it freezes well). Also, I drain the corn and add only the kernels (if you wanted to use frozen corn that is good too), I usually add more ham than they ask for and I definitely add more potatoes. Also, I let it cook longer after everything is in so the flavors “marry” a little more and it tastes yummier. Also, I will usually add a little extra flour to thicken the sauce depending on how it is after everything is added. Overall a great and easy recipe!
Until We Meet Again,