If you guys visit me over on I Heart Publix you might know that every week I try out a couple of products to see if the store brand is as good as the national brand. I have been doing this for quite a while so I am now looking to things that I might not purchase on a regular basis. This week I grabbed a couple of cans of corn.
I usually go for fresh or frozen corn for my recipes. I don’t typically use much canned corn and rarely keep it on hand. Before I opened the cans for the taste test I wanted to come up with something to do with that corn so it wouldn’t go to waste. I put on my thinking cap and decided to use those cans for a very old recipe that I haven’t made in quite a while – Corn and Potato Chowder.
The recipe I have is ancient. It’s a handwritten recipe that is stained and almost faded at this point. I honestly don’t even know why I still have it. The recipe is pretty basic but it’s one of the first recipes that someone took the time to write out and give to me. I have modified it slightly over the years. The biggest change is that I opt to toss it in the slow cooker and let it cook all day while I am busy doing other things.
My guys love this chowder and it was a great way to put that canned corn to use. If you don’t have canned corn feel free to use frozen or even fresh! This is a great recipe to make after Easter when you are looking for something to do with that ham bone.
- 2 cans of corn (15.25 oz cans)
- 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 ham bone (or ham hock)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1½ cups half & half
- 2 tablespoons butter
- salt to taste
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp & crumbled
- shredded cheese and sliced green onion (if desired)
- Place the corn, potatoes, onion, ham bone, black pepper and chicken broth in your slow cooker and cover.
- Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours.
- minutes before serving, add the half & half and butter.
- Cover and cook 30 minutes.
- Remove the ham bone.
- Use your immersion blender and pulse through the chowder until it's thickened to your liking (you can also place about 1½ - 2 cups of the chowder into your blender and blend until thickened then mix back into the chowder.)
- Season with salt to taste.
- Top with bacon, cheese and green onion (if desired.)