Since a storm is about to hit us here in Central Michigan, I have decided to grace my new blog pages with a scrumptious and hearty chowder recipe. It's perfect for an evening meal that you can serve up in less than 30 minutes! As a bonus, the ingredients are simple, so you don't have to break the bank to make it!
Cheddar Ham Chowder
2 c. potatoes, diced
1 c. carrots, sliced
1/4 c. onion, diced
1/2 c. celery, diced
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 c. margarine
1/4 c. flour
2 c. milk
2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (mild or medium works fine too)
1 can corn, drained
1 1/2 c. diced or chopped ham (I use 1 pound of sliced deli ham and cut it into small squares)
In a LARGE pot, combine 2 c. water, potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat, but do not drain!
In a SMALLER pot, melt margarine and add flour. Heat and stir for a couple minutes, then add the milk, slowly. Continue stirring until thick and bubbly, this could take about 10 minutes. Add shredded cheese and stir until melted.
Pour cheese mixture, corn, and ham into vegetable mixture. Heat until thouroughly warmed and enjoy!
This recipe is especially good with some crusty bread, cornbread, or fluffy biscuits smothered in honey!