Leftover Easter Ham Chowder

This post was originally  posted on Lolly Jane where I contribute food recipes once a month.

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It seems there is always another holiday around the corner and certain foods get equated with certain holidays. Easter just passed and in my mind, Easter means ham. Not those boneless precooked ones, but the big, thick bone down the middle, marbled with fat, salty and strong flavored ham. When I was a kid my mom would make a sweet and a little bit sour mustardy pineapple sauce that i would happily smear all over each thickly cut piece. Yum!

Not long ago I was in the meat freezer section of the grocery store and I saw a big ham and those flavors and smells totally came back to me. I  bought it right then. Later that week I cooked a huge ham and some tasty scalloped potatoes in the middle of the week. It was awesome. 😉 As usually happens to me, there was lots left over. (I always cook for an army!) Those leftovers led to this soup. I actually saved the bones that had bits of the meat still stuck to the outside and a bunch of the crispy, tough skin. I added all that into the chicken stock and milk to add more flavor. It’s not necessary but if you’ve got it laying around, why not!

 

Leftover Easter Ham Chowder

  • 3 Tbsp margarine
  • 3-5 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 /2 chopped onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 3 boiling potatoes, diced and peeled
  • 3 cups diced leftover ham
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk

In a heavy stock pot, melted the margarine and fry the garlic and onion until the onions turn clear. Add in the thyme and salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over top and whisk in until moistened. Turn up the heat Add in the chicken stock and milk and bring to boil. Add in 2 cups of the diced ham and the potatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Stir in the cheese. Pour half the soup into your blender (or use an immersion blender right in the pot) and blend it up and pour back into the bowl. Adding in  other cup of diced ham. Serve with more grated cheese.

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