Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Leftover Ham? Make Ham and Potato Soup

Wondering what to do with your leftover ham from Easter dinner? I was. I know my family gets bored when we just reheat the ham and have it again, and again. But I love ham, and don't want to waste one bit. So when I saw this recipe that a friend had posted on facebook, I knew what we were having for dinner. It was delicious. And creamy. And filling. My husband wasn't so sure about having "soup" for dinner, but even he thoroughly enjoyed it and agreed that it was the perfect way to eat leftover ham.
Leftover Ham and Potato Soup

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter (half a stick)
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth (or milk)
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 cups leftover potatoes, diced
2 cups leftover ham, diced
sour cream and shredded cheese

Directions:
In a large stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent.
Add the flour.
Stir constantly for one minute with a wooden spoon or whisk, until the flour is fully incorporated and lightly browned. Add the 2 cups of milk, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring and cooking until thickened, about 4-5 minutes.
This is what it should look like after the milk has thickened. It will coat or stick to the back of a wooden spoon.
Now you can add your chicken broth if you are trying to behave like me, or use more milk if you don't mind the extra calories. The chicken broth will thin out the soup slightly. Using milk instead will make the soup thicker. I used homemade chicken stock and warmed it in the microwave before adding. Add it slowly, about 1/2 cup at a time to give it time to incorporate and thicken slightly.
Add the salt and pepper, and then add the leftover potatoes and ham. Cook for about 4 more minutes, or until all the ingredients are warmed through.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese. Any cheese will work. I had colby jack, but cheddar or pepper jack cheese would be delicious too. Corn bread or corn muffins are a great side to this hearty soup. If you don't over cook them in the oven making, them hard as a rock like I did.
Great way to use leftover ham and leftover potatoes. Husband approved :)

Enjoy.

4 comments:

  1. Nice one! I lurve me a good potato soup. Yummy!

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  2. We love potato soup. I have a great recipe for it but you cook it in the crock pot. It really is a great way to use leftover ham!

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  3. Yum, those pictures made me hungry. I *love* a good creamy soup. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your sweet comments, they made my day!

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  4. What a great idea! I threw my leftover ham with cheddar in uncooked crescent roll and made my version of a hot pocket.

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