Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Potato Corn Chowder

The other day I was CRAVING some chowder. It was a cold and windy day and it just felt like I should be eating soup. I love making big batches of soup that last can be divided and frozen for later or used for lunches/dinners during the rest of the week. Luckily, we love left overs and have no issue eating the same thing a few days in a row.

What could I make using items I already had?

Potato corn chowder!! I remembered that my grandma has a chowder recipe that I love (and didn’t have many ingredients) so I called her up to get it.


Like most of her recipes, it was mostly “Oh I just throw this in a and then a little of that and then some of this…and sometimes I add this but not always”. This was one of those dishes that allows for improvisation and still turns out amazing!
 
So I gathered my ingredients and went to work. In less than an hour I had this YUMMY hearty chowder.
 
Ingredients
  • Bacon or Ham steak (I love having a freezer full of meat!)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 celery stalks
  • One bag of deiced frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cans of condensed milk
  • 1 can of cream of corn
  • Small can of diced green chilies (gives a little heat and great flavor)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
 Cooking Instructions
  1. Dice the ham/bacon into small cubes. Using medium heat sauté in pot until golden and crispy, releasing all the hamy goodness.
  2. Chop onions and clergy, add to ham/bacon mixture. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Add bag of frozen potatoes, cream of corn, drained can of chilies and condensed milk to pot. Make sure to stir really good to combine all ingredients.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 min or once potatoes are heated through.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. 


Ok...this picture is a bit deceiving. I didn't use the bag of frozen corn and I used 2 cans of milk and only 1 can of cream corn.




While the soup was simmering, I whipped up a batch of corn bread muffins. They only took 15 min to cook and were ready when the soup was done. 


This was an easy and pretty fast dinner to throw together on a week night. We had enough left over
for lunch for the next two days.
 

What is your favorite winter soup or chowder??

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