I ever dearest the 24-hour interval after Christmas. I relish watching the kids play alongside together with relish all of their presents. In our house, the 24-hour interval is unremarkably a quiet(er) ane every bit nosotros unwind (and frequently grab a mid-afternoon nap) after the vacation festivities accept form of died down.
I must accept been a skilful daughter this twelvemonth because the packages nether the tree alongside my shout out on them contained gifts that made me simply every bit silly together with excited every bit my children were on Christmas morning! My lovely gifts from my kids included "staging dishes," which I was informed were purchased alongside my spider web log inwards mind. And, I received a beautiful ten-piece difficult enamel cookware ready together with a pasta machine from
my husband Santa.
Eager to set my novel pots together with pans to travel together with alongside a wintertime tempest rolling inwards hither inwards lower Michigan today, soup was inwards the industrial plant inside a pair of hours of waking upwards today.
Like many, nosotros feasted on a large ham dinner on Christmas afternoon at our house. It was simply the 5 of us, together with therefore nosotros had to a greater extent than than one-half of the ham left over. Some is tucked away inwards the freezer for afterwards role (visions of scalloped potatoes together with ham accept been dancing inwards my caput since yesterday). And, it is a given that I ever reserve the ham os for unopen to type of soup or beans.
I started on homemade chicken stock this forenoon for this soup utilizing the carcass of a whole chicken that nosotros had a few days ago. I ever freeze the carcass for making my Homemade Chicken Stock. You tin role store-bought chicken stock for this recipe, however, if desired.
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
ii large onions, diced
iii garlic cloves, peeled together with minced
iii stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, peeled together with finely diced
3/4 loving cup ham, cutting into minor pieces
1 ham bone
6 cups chicken stock or broth
8 - 10 potatoes, peeled together with chopped into chunks
1 loving cup heavy cream (whole milk tin travel used)
Salt together with pepper, to taste
For Garnish (Optional) -
Shredded cheddar cheese
In a large stock pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter together with add together inwards the oil. Add inwards the ham together with ham bone. Cook until the meat simply starts to brown.
NOTE: My ham os had a ton of meat silent on it, together with therefore I didn't add together inwards whatsoever extra meat ... simply the bone.
Add inwards the onions, celery together with carrots. Cook for virtually iii minutes.
Add inwards the garlic. Pour inwards a splash of the chicken stock together with scrape the bottom of the pan to reveal all of the dark-brown bits.
Add inwards the residual of the chicken stock. Simmer on depression for virtually xx - xxx minutes.
Toss inwards the potatoes. Stir.
Simmer over medium-low rut until potatoes are tender. Stir a pair of times spell potatoes are cooking.
Remove from heat. Remove the ham bone. Pull off whatsoever meat from the os that you lot wishing to add together dorsum into the soup. Add inwards the cream. Add inwards unopen to tabular array salt together with pepper. Taste together with conform seasoning.
I skim off unopen to of the fatty that pools on travel past times of the liquid, but this pace is optional.
If the soup is likewise sparse for your preference, you lot tin squeeze upwards a few of the potatoes alongside a fork or thicken alongside a cornstarch/water slurry.
I plow off my burner together with let my soup to rest uncovered for virtually xv minutes earlier stirring in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than together with serving.
Serve alongside a garnish of greenish onions together with a sprinkling of shredded cheese, if desired. Sour cream is a keen topping, too.