Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Food: Cheesy Ham Chowder

I'm starting the new year with several new features on my blog. I enjoy baking and cooking so I thought I'd share some of my recipes on Friday's in a new "Friday Food" feature. I tend to cook real food with real ingredients (butter, sugar, cream, meat, etc.) that tastes good. If you're watching calories, just don't eat too much of it! I don't usually take on recipes that require hours of prep or odd ingredients. And I haven't mastered the art of beautiful looking meals, so the food porn photos may be scarce. But that doesn't mean these recipes don't taste good!

With no further ado, I introduce...Friday Food! Bon appetit!

This week was cold, windy, snowy, and icy - good weather for...

Cheesy Ham Chowder 
(courtesy of my grandmother)

10 bacon strips, diced
1 large onion, chopped
3 Tbsp flour
3 cups milk
1 can chicken broth
2 1/2 cups cubed potatoes (uncooked)
1 - 15 oz can whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups fully cooked ham, cubed
black pepper to taste

Cook bacon until crisp, then crumble. Set aside.
In bacon drippings, saute onion until tender. Set aside.
In a large pot, add milk and broth. Stir in flour until blended. Bring to boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Add onions, potatoes, corn, and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add cheese and ham. When cheese is melted, add bacon.

Serve with homemade bread, rolls, muffins, or some other such satisfying cold weather treat.

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