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Ham And Potato Chowder - Cheap Comfort Food

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This rich and creamy ham and potato chowder is not only super easy to make, but also extremely economical. I have a hard time even calling this a recipe, it's that easy. The best thing about this is that you can substitute the ham with seafood (clams, oysters, etc) or even leftover chicken and have yourself something totally different. Enjoy!
Ingredients
For the roux
  Butter 1⁄8 Cup (2 tbs)
  Flour 1 Tablespoon (As required)
The rest of the ingredients
  Chicken stock/White wine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Water may also be used as an alternative)
  Milk 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Onions 1 Cup (16 tbs), finely diced
  Ham 1 Cup (16 tbs), finely diced
  Celery 1 Cup (16 tbs), finely diced
  Potatoes 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
For the garnish
  Bacon 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Chives 2 Tablespoon
  Salt and pepper To Taste
Directions

MAKING
1. In a skillet over medium heat, add butter and gradually while stirring add the flour. Stir continuously till you get a smooth paste.
2. Cook it for a little while till the raw flavor disappears and set it aside.
3. In a large heavy pot heated up with some oil, add a cup each of finely diced onions, ham, celery and diced potatoes. Saute them briefly until the onions are starting to turn translucent.
4. Deglaze the pot using chicken stock or water or white wine.
5. Once the pan is deglazed add milk, give it a stir, bring the milk to a simmer and let the potatoes cook for a while until they get tender.
6. Stir into this the prepared roux mixture, stir till the liquid is thick. Turn the heat down to medium low and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

SERVING
8. Garnish with chopped bacon and chives. Serve with a nice toasted French bread or baguette with butter.

NOTE
This recipe can be used as base to prepare different kind of chowders whether you are using clams, oysters or any seafood or even chicken.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
4
The recipe has a wonderful combination of ham and potato. These two ingredients lend a smoky taste and gives a creamy texture to the dish. Check out the recipe.

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