We love this Potato Corn Chowder. Our life gets crazy sometimes, just like I'm betting yours does too. Violin. Basketball. Soccer. Story Time. Tumbling. Board Meetings. Coaching. As most families bounce from activity to activity, mine is doing the same thing and I'm convinced my sole purpose as a mother is really as a taxi driver. Right?! Sometimes I need dinner and I need it fast. When I say fast, I mean that it's going to be one of those shovel it in kind of nights and dinner needs to be done when we walk through the door. This is one of those recipes. It has saved my family from the convenience of the fast food drive thru on more than one occasion. Not only is it a total life saver but everyone I have served it to devours it. No one complains or even picks anything out, not even the onions. In fact my kids fought over the left overs this morning - for breakfast. True story. Its creamy and comforting and quick and easy and perfect for meals on the fly, or lazy chilly weekends, or even football games. I can't really think of an occasion that it's not perfect for. Give it a try. I think you'll love it as much as we do!
*Note - Our favorite way to eat this chowder is with ham. However, I find it is more cost effective to use bacon or kielbasa sausage, and reserve using ham for when I have some left over - it turns the leftovers into an extra special treat.
**Tonight I accidentally added an extra (2 total) can of chicken broth to the crock pot. I didn't think it was possible, but my family liked it even better. I think that's how I will make it from now on. If you don't want your chowder quite so think, you might give it a try too.
1 or 2 cans chicken broth**
1 can cream of corn
1 can corn
1 lb ham or fried bacon (diced) or kielbasa sausage (sliced into quarters)
1 onion, diced
8 potatoes peeled and chopped into 1-in pieces
1 pint half and half
1/4 cup butter
Place chicken broth, cream corn, corn, ham (fried bacon or sausage), onion, and potatoes in the slow cooker. There may not look like a lot of broth, but with the water that cooks out of the potatoes and the half and half, it should be about perfect. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Mash until desired consistency. Turn to warm. Add half and half and butter. Stir to combine. Enjoy!