Sorry for the blurry picture, but this is SO fabulous, I wanted to make sure you could at least have some idea of what it looked like. Stuck with lots of leftover ham from the holidays? This great recipe will help use up some of the ham and make a meal that is fit for a king. Plus, the kids love it, so you can’t get any better than that. Usually I sprinkle some cheese over the top of it just before serving and its absolutely perfect. Plus, it’s REALLY easy to make!
Ham and Potato Chowder Recipe
1/4 c. melted butter
1 med. onion, minced
3/4 c. diced ham
1/2 c. chopped celery
2 c. finely diced raw potatoes (we use different kinds each time – sometimes whatever we have leftover)
1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. pepper (depends on how strong you want it)
4 c. milk
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and then saute the onion and celery. Add the ham and saute as soon as the onion starts to turn “milky/clear”. Add the potatoes and cook about 10 minutes or so longer. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the flour, the salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the milk and return to the heat. DO NOT LET BOIL. Stir and allow the mixture to warm slowly. Needs to be served immediately because chowder will continue to thicken upon standing. If this happens, you can add some warm water to the chowder to thin it out a little and give it the desired consistency. Enjoy! Double the recipe if you would like to freeze a batch. Chowder will be thinner when you serve it next time. Can be refrigerated for about 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container. Delicious!