Holiday Hambone Potato Soup

This is a soup my son will eat that uses up the hambone.  He will eat it because it lacks beans.  It simmers on the stove so it makes your house smell amazing.  I have a pot I call Voldepot because it wouldn’t fit in my old dishwasher so I had to wash it by hand and so it was The Pot That Shall Not Be Used.  It fits fine in the current dishwasher and I use it for this recipe.

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Holiday Hambone Potato Soup

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Ingredients
  • 1 ham bone with visible meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 c water
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 5 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 pint half-and-half
  • 1 c diced ham (optional)
Method
  1. Place first 6 ingredients in Dutch oven, bring to a boil over medium.
  2. Simmer 30-45 minutes, or until meat separates from bone.
  3. Shred ham from the bone, return to the pot.
  4. Add potatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  5. While potatoes are cooking, in a medium saucepan, melt butter–do not brown.
  6. Add flour, stir to incorporate well, Cook about a minute.
  7. Bring heat to medium-high.
  8. Gradually stir in half-and-half until creamy, thick and bubbly, being careful not to scorch.
  9. Remove from heat
  10. When the potatoes are tender, add the sauce mixture, stirring over medium until the desired consistency. Add milk to thin if needed.
  11. Add the optional ham, if using.
  12. Add salt if the ham is not salty enough.

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