Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What's for Dinner Wednesday: Crock Pot Confetti Chowder

{Confetti Chowder}

Confetti Chowder. Even the name sounds like a party.  Just so we are clear this is not a "health food" recipe.  However, it is excellent for pot lucks or for busy weeknights when you don't have a lot of prep time but you do have a lot of hungry mouths to feed.  Not that it means anything, but this particular dish has won a ward cook-off and two (that's right 2!)  work potluck cook-offs.  Haha.

One bag of frozen O'Brien Potatoes with onions and peppers
1 Can of Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 C butter (or half a stick)
1 Can of corn, drained
1 C cream cheese (room temp or whipped will make it easier to stir)
1 C sour cream
2 C diced ham
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 C french fried onions (divided into 1/2 C)

Salt, pepper, garlic salt (season to taste)

Optional Toppings: crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, green onions, french fried onions


Place all ingredients in crock pot, stir until combined. Set crock pot on high for 4 to 5 hours or until potatoes are cooked and everything is well combined and heated.  It will be thick and creamy.  If you want it thinner, you can always thin with vegetable or chicken stock.





Be sure to stir in the bits that brown on the side of the crock pot - they are full of flavor.  Season with garlic salt, pepper and salt to taste.  Serve with optional toppings.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“Deb and I were married on a snowy night - wind cross-wove a veil of snow for her then threw confetti at us as we left the lighted church...” 
― John GeddesA Familiar Rain

“He was a blessing to all the juvenile part of the neighborhood, for in summer he was for ever forming parties to eat cold ham and chicken out of doors, and in winter his private balls were numerous enough for any young lady who was not suffering under the insatiable appetite of fifteen.” 
― Jane AustenSense and Sensibility

That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment." 
— Mary Ann Shaffer (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)

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