Friday, January 23, 2009

Easy corn chowder

I made this the other night for our family, it was awesome. I just served it in bread bowls.

Easy Corn Chowder

2 Medium unpeeled red potatoes

1 cup cubed cooked ham

½ cup diced red bell pepper

½ cup coarsely chopped celery

1 teaspoon butter or margarine

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 can (14-14 ½ ounces) chicken broth

1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk

1 can (15 ounces) creamed corn

2 tablespoons sliced chives

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooked crumbled bacon (optional)

1. Cut potatoes and ham into ½ - inch cubes using Chef’s Knife or Crinkle Cutter; set aside. Dice bell pepper. Coarsely chop celery using Food Chopper. Heat butter in Saucepan over medium heat. Add bell pepper and celery; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in flour; heat until bubbly. Gradually add broth, evaporated milk and corn, whisking with Nylon Spiral Whisk until blended.

2. Add potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in ham; heat through. Remove from heat; stir chives into soup and season with salt and black pepper. Ladle soup into bowls using Nylon Ladle. Top with bacon and serve.

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