Only four days left until Christmas and if you're anything like me (way behind in preparation) you could use some help around the house. Our eldest son and his family arrived from Southern California last night and the house instantly brightened up! Full of laughing, noisy children! It's slushy raining outside this morning threatening to snow so to keep the kids occupied we'll be baking cookies and continuously peeking out the windows praying for snow.
On days like this I like to start up the crock pot and have dinner all ready no matter what happens the rest of the day. I'll be baking with the kids, we may have snow and that means lots of outside fun and not much time to think about a meal for a crowd. I'm making Corn Chowder with sausage and garlic bread. It will be ready whenever we are and smells so delicious.
Patrica’s Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup diced carrots – 2 med
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 cups diced potatoes – about 6 small
2 15 oz cans cream corn
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb ready to eat smoked sausage, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into bite size pieces. (I use turkey kielbasa; you could leave this out for vegetarian chowder)
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
1 bay leaf
1 qt chicken broth
¼ tsp liquid smoke
1 cup half and half
NOTE: Do not add any salt as the sausage has plenty of salt.
Use a 6 qt slow cooker. Put everything but half and half and liquid smoke in cooker, cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Use a potato masher and gently break up potatoes, this also helps to thicken soup. Taste and add liquid smoke if it needs more smoky flavor. Add half and half before serving to add richness.
This is a great pot luck take along especially if you have one of those locking lid slow cookers which my DIL does and which I borrow from her all the time.
|Hearty & Delicious!|
Have a great countdown to Christmas!
Until next time,