Ingredient of the month: Cream of Chicken Soup

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Left Over Ham!?

Not really a ham person myself... but I use it occasionally in some pretty good recipes.

So here's two:

1) Chicken Cordon Bleu
Swiss Cheese slices

Generally you would pound out the chicken and then roll the ham and Swiss into it (using toothpicks to hold it in place), but I find that tedious and I have no toothpicks, so I just cut the chicken lengthwise to thin it out and then stack it. Chicken, ham, Swiss, ham, chicken.

Place in oven safe dish and cook at 350-400 (covered) for about an hour... or until chicken is done all the way through.

(Sorry guys, that's how I do my recipes... I just wing it a lot of times)

2) One of my favorites! Potato Soup

3 medium red potatoes (I use russets a lot)
2 C water
1 small onion
3 TBS butter
3 TBS all purpose flour
Crushed red pepper
Ground black pepper
3 C milk
1/2 tsp sugar
1 C shredded cheddar
1 C cubed ham

Cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes (and ham if you need to). Cook potatoes in the water until tender. Drain, reserving 1 Cup of the potato liquid (water may be added if needed). Set aside both potatoes and liquid.

Melt butter in large saucepan (the one you'll use to make the soup) over medium heat. Add onion, cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown. Add flour to saucepan, season with pepper's. Cook 3-4 minutes. Gradually add potatoes, reserved liquid, milk, and sugar to onions. Stir well.

Add cheese and ham.

Simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Makes 12 servings.

Tricks and notes:
*I add more cheese and ham and you don't need salt if you've got good ham.
*If you turn the heat up during the simmer part and stir constantly it takes less time, but if you want to do other things go with the lower heat... you don't want to burn your milk.
*Serve with rolls, they are perfect with this.
*Missionaries love this meal.
*A little bit goes a LONG way (it is potatoes) and it still tastes great the next day.

1 comment:

Cassi said...

yum, i'll definitely have to try this potato soup!