I've been serving this chowder for years now. When I want to make it dairy-free for my dairy-free family members, I switch out butter for oil, and coconut milk or soy creamer for heavy cream and it still turns out great! —Eileen Stefanski, Wales, Wisconsin
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 2 large), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth, divided
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 large green pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (about 8 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, cooked and crumbled bacon, minced fresh chives and sour cream
- Place potatoes and 2 cups broth in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until smooth.
- In same pan, heat butter over medium heat; saute red and green peppers, onion and carrot until carrot is tender, 8-10 minutes. Add ham, jalapeno and seasonings; cook and stir 1 minute.
- Stir in pureed potatoes and remaining broth; bring just to a boil. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot soup into egg yolk and cream; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with toppings as desired. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Ham, Potato and Pepper Chowder in Simple & Delicious August/September 2017