As promised, here is the ham and corn chowder recipe I made up the other day. It was delicious! I'm always looking for good ways to use up a meaty ham bone.
Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe:
1 meaty ham bone
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, thinly sliced
4 medium potatoes, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 bay leaves
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried marjoram leaves
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 cups of milk
2 cups sweet corn
2 more cups chopped ham (optional)
Cover a ham bone with water and simmer all day long either in on the stove top or a slow cooker. Add water if the level gets below the bones.
About 1 1/2 hours before serving, take out the bones, leaving the meat in the broth you just created. Add onions, celery, potatoes, garlic and all spices. Boil 45 minutes.
Mix the flour and cold milk together in a separate bowl. Pour slowly into the soup, stirring constantly. Add the corn and extra ham. Heat until thickened.
Serves approximately 1 gallon. This soup freezes well.