At christmas we enjoyed a ton of food made by our friend. We had a giant ham donated by another friend. We were instructed to take home a good chuck so everyone did! That means, let’s find some outstanding recipes that would be yummy!
This was a lovely simple recipe, bagged potatoes, can use frozen onions if you want, but basically dump and go. Pre-prep would be to chop your ham and freeze it ahead of time for the day you need an easy comfort food.
Definitely a comfort food, I added one jalapeno and it didn’t do much.
Original recipe called for a full block of cream cheese, i don’t think it was necessary.
I also ate it during the week with some mushrooms and thought that was a nice add if you like fungi!
Sea salt prior to serving is also a nice touch.
I didn’t like the thyme, so i would not add that in again
1 32-oz. bag frozen southern style hash browns
1/2 cup diced onion
1 32-oz. box chicken broth
1 1/2 – 2 cups diced ham
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 8-oz. box fat free cream cheese
1 8-oz. block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (don’t buy pre-shredded, it won’t melt as well)
Bread and butter for serving
In a 6-quart slow cooker, add the frozen potatoes, onion, chicken broth, ham, pepper, thyme and garlic powder.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
When the cooking time is up, add the cream cheese to a blender, and scoop some broth and hot potatoes into the blender with the cream cheese, just enough to get the blender moving, cover and blend until smooth. Add this mixture back to the rest of the soup in the slow cooker. Add the shredded cheese and stir.
Verdict – It does not have to be as terrible as advertised. Get super sharp cheese and no need to use the whole block, use just the 1/4 block or less, and less than the whole block of cheese. Instead sprinkle some on top for instant pop! Definitely great, and also with even canned mushrooms tossed in!