Every year I save the ham bone from our Easter ham intending to make split pea or lentil soup. And, every year, I wind up throwing it away at some point once it becomes obvious that I am not going to do any such thing. This year I was determined. I put the dish on my meal plan. I bought the ingredients. I was going to do it. Yet the closer the day came, the less and less excited I got, until it became a chore. Just another damn thing on my To Do list that I didn’t want to do. That’s not how I want to feel about cooking, so I decided to adjust my attitude and widen my view. Surely, there is something else one can make with a ham bone besides beans and lentils (more beans), right? So I used my crock pot to make a velvety, righteous ham stock.
Then I made this delicious soup instead.
Ham and Corn Chowderserves 6, prep 15 min, cook 30 min
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 4 tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 3 cups ham stock or chicken stock (or a combination of both, I used 2 cups ham stock and 1 cup chicken stock)
- 2 cups frozen corn kernels
- 2 cups chopped ham
- 2 cups russet potatoes, small dice (about 2 large potatoes)
- salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 tbsp hot sauce, like Frank’s
- smoked sweet paprika for garnish
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, carrots, and celery until soft.
- Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring, a couple of minutes or until flour is golden.
- Slowly whisk in milk and stock. Turn down heat as necessary to keep soup at a gentle simmer.
- Stir in corn, ham, and potatoes.
- Simmer soup about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Smash a few of them against the side of the pot with your spoon.
- Taste soup and season with salt and pepper.
- Add hot sauce to taste and serve. Sprinkle with smoked sweet paprika if desired (oops, I forgot it for the photo).
This one of the best corn chowders I have had. The potatoes were tender but not grainy. The sweetness of the ham and corn were complimented by the smoky spices. Overall it was a wonderful, hearty soup.