Cheesy Ham Chowder

Ron and Sandy have shared this recipe for a heart-warming chowder that makes everyone happy.

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5-6 strips bacon (reserve bacon grease)
  • 2 Tbsp bacon grease
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups cubed potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 can (15 1/4 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp thyme
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch Oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain, then chop the bacon into pieces.
  2. In reserved bacon grease, melt butter; saute onion and carrots until tender.
  3. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add the potatoes, corn, bouillon and seasonings. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted. Stir in bacon.
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