Thursday, January 26, 2006

Not-So-Soupy Soup

Every year, as a Christmas bonus, the hubby receives a nice spiral-sliced, honey-baked ham from his gracious employer. Usually this gets divided up and stored for later partaking. So, in an attempt to clean out the freezer (a clean freezer is next to a godly freezer), out came the last piece of ham.
I'd love to take the credit and say this was intentional, but what came of this ham-potato soup was more of a scalloped potatoes meets goulash dish. Confusing soup with scalloped potatoes and goulash breeds culinary chaos (didn't your mama teach you that?). Go figure, you can have unabashed cooking fun while promoting kitchen anarchy all at the same time! Well, if that's your thing....
So, read below, OR make your own undefined dish of mayhem - and let me in on it.

Potato Ham Soup
Ham and Potato Not-So-Soup

3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
2 cups water
1 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbs. flour
grated cheese

1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, garlic, ham and water in a deep pot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the beef bouillon, sage, and pepper. (refrain from adding salt until you taste it. Precooked ham is very salty on its own.)
2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the milk and flour together until creamy.
3. Stir the milk mixture into the pot, and cook for another 10 minutes, or until it's the desired consistency.
4. Serve with your favorite cheese sprinkled on top.
Makes 2-4 servings

Yes, and apparently I've been "meme"-ed, so i'll be back to explain. Stay tuned...

P.S. Use the leftovers to make breakfast. Put it in a pan, add a few eggs, extra cheese and you've got yourself a yummy hash.


At 8:07 PM, Blogger Brendon said...

It's always mayhem in my kitchen. Welcome to my world. Half the time, I don't know what's for dinner until I'm nearly done with it. Why I have to go all the way back to last night for an example.


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