My second entry into the Clifty Farm Blogger Recipe Challenge is the perfect thing to warm up with on a chilly day. This Jalapeno Popper Ham Chowder has little bit of spice and a ton of flavor! Don't let the amount of jalapenos scare you- the cream cheese and milk in this super creamy chowder tames the heat and my kids had no problem eating two bowls each!
If you can't find the package crispy fried jalapeno pieces at your store feel free to sub them with crispy french fried onions instead (you know, the type you sprinkle on top of classic green bean casserole) for that delicious crispy topping- it will be equally delicious!
Jalapeno Popper Ham Chowder
4 Tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 large jalapenos, seeds removed and chopped
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 package (2 pounds) Clifty Farm Country Ham Seasoning Pieces
2 Tablespoons flour
1 ½ cup chicken stock
2 cups milk
8 ounces room temperature chive and onion cream cheese spread
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ cup packaged crispy fried jalapeno pieces
Melt the butter over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 7-10 minutes. Add the jalapeno and garlic and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
Add the Country Ham Seasoning Pieces and fry for 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the ham and continue to cook for 3 minutes, or until the flour has been completely absorbed.
Whisk in the chicken stock, milk, cream cheese, pepper and garlic salt and bring the mixture up to a simmer. Allow the mixture to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with crispy fried jalapeno pieces.
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