So at Christmas and Easter they have bone-in hams on sale for dirt cheap. So I bought one at Christmas and cooked it up last week. I cut all the ham off into little chunks and froze them into 1 cup portions. Then I took the bone and filled a stock pot of water and added an onion, a couple of bay leaves, garlic and carrots (feel free to throw in whatever spices you want). This makes yummy ham stock.

What do I do with this? Well I freeze the chunks of ham and the ham stock so I can have the Ham & Potato Soup makings on hand. This is an easy and awesome recipe.

3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water or ham stock
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon or 2 tsp. if using ham stock
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 teaspoon pepper
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk

1. Combine the potatoes, onion, ham and water (or ham stock) in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.
2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

MMMM good!

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  1. Oooh yum! Thanks for the recipe. I have a good ham and bean recipe but not ham and potato — and what could be better than that?

  2. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM…OOOOhhh, honey……….that looks so yummy!

    I’m going to copy this down and try it next week!

    I’ll let you know how many flips Marky does over it. 😉

    Love ya!

  3. beckie, i know this is way down in your archives (for the month) but i’m just now reading – i made ham last week or two ago (that i had bought at Christmas) and i have always felt guilty for throwing those bones away (beef roast bones, too). i knew that one could make stock from them, like you did, but never knew if they were really worth the effort. but hey, if i have the veggies for flavoring, they are an inexpensive food/soup additive- the homemade stock- thanks for the inspiration!
    annette martin

  4. Hey Beck!
    Hot Dog! I got me a ham bone in my freezer and I just wasn't knowin what to do with it! This feels like a fall-winter dish, but hey, if it's salty sign me up (regardless of summer!) I am your mother's sister!!!

    Luv Cinney

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