Rich Savory Ham & Corn Chowder
Step away from the stove! Seriously… put down that spatula, leave your pots and pans, and just take a break. After all the cooking you’ve done for the holidays, you deserve it. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to make this rich savory ham & corn chowder for dinner; let your slow cooker do all the work. Remember how I advised you to make enough honey glazed ham in order to have leftovers? This is how you can use all that delicious ham for the perfect crockpot dinner.
Ingredients for Savory Ham & Corn Chowder:
3-4 cups leftover honey glazed ham (or store-bought is fine), diced
5-6 medium gold potatoes, cut into quarters then sliced (peeling is optional)
1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
2 small carrots peeled and sliced
1 can corn (with liquid)
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups half & half (or milk of choice)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
salt and pepper to taste
Directions for Savory Ham & Corn Chowder:
Take your left over honey glazed ham and separate it from the bone, then dice. You can cut off any unwanted fat at this point. If you do not have leftovers, you can pick up some pre-cooked smoked ham from the store.
Combine the ham, vegetables, and canned corn in a crockpot. I like to throw the corn in with all the liquids that it comes in to highlight its sweetness. You can also make this soup in your dutch oven if you don’t own a crockpot. You’ll just sauté the veggies in 2 tbsp of oil first, then add in your broth, ham, potatoes, corn, and cook until potatoes are tender.
Add six cups of chicken or vegetable broth and cook on high for 3-4 hours (until the vegetables are cooked through and soft). I like to use potatoes with the peel on, but if you’re not a fan of the texture, make sure to peel your potatoes!
Stir in cream (or milk) and shredded sharp cheddar until it is fully melted. Half and half is the best option for this soup, but if you don’t have any on hand you can substitute with whole milk to add the creaminess.
Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. There is a good amount of salt in the ham and the broth already, but if you want more, add it after tasting! Add fresh ground pepper to taste as well.
You can serve the ham & corn chowder immediately or keep it on the “warm” setting for an hour or two until dinner.
This soup is perfect with some warm crusty bread to dip into the broth! I love how little effort and time in the kitchen this recipe requires— perfect for a busy day or when you need to give yourself a little break! Enjoy!