Warming, comforting food perfect for this chilly windy weather. This chowder is full of flavour and like a great big hug in a bowl…I used ham in this as we had Christmas ham leftover, it would work just as well with bacon or pancetta though…
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped
- 1 Medium Onion, diced
- 2-3 Tbsp Flour
- 250ml Milk
- 250ml Chicken Stock
- 2 Medium potatoes, peeled and diced into small cubes
- 1 Tin Sweetcorn (approx. 200g), drained
- 2-3 large slices of ham, medium cut, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Chopped Fresh Parsley
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry for about 5 minutes in the pan. Add the flour and mix, then add most of the the milk, whisking again until the mixture starts to thicken. Add any remaining milk and the chicken stock.
Increase the heat a little and add the potatoes to the saucepan. Cook for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Stir regularly while the potatoes are cooking. You can adjust the consistency of the soup by adding more water or milk if needed.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat, add the ham and fry for 3 or 4 minutes until brown. While the ham is cooking, add the sweetcorn to the soup. Remove the soup from the heat and add the ham.
Grind black pepper and sea salt (not much though as the ham will take care of that) and a sprinkle of some fresh chopped parsley (optional) And Enjoy!