Are you ready for a culinary journey that combines simplicity with divine flavors? Look no further! Introducing our exquisite Slow Cooker Creamy Ham and Potato Delight. This sensational dish brings together the rich taste of ham, the comforting texture of creamy potatoes, and the delightful tanginess of sour cream. This slow-cooked symphony is not just a meal; it’s a family-friendly experience that will leave your taste buds dancing.
Why Indulge in this Culinary Symphony?
Easy Ingredients: Our recipe boasts ingredients that are not only scrumptious but also readily available at your local grocery store or perhaps already nestled in your pantry.
Hands-Off Cooking: Picture this – you combine the ingredients in your trusty Crock Pot, set the timer, and let the magic happen. It’s practically a culinary symphony that plays itself while you attend to other aspects of your busy day.
Stand Alone Meal: A bowl of this delightful ham and potato soup is a complete meal in itself. Served hot, it ensures that your family will have content, satisfied bellies.
Easy Clean Up: Bid farewell to the days of scrubbing pots, pans, knives, and cutting boards. The slow cooker takes the lead, allowing you to savor the meal without dreading the cleanup.
Ingredients + Substitutions:
Potatoes : These diced frozen potatoes, with peppers and onions, add a flavor twist. If unavailable, regular frozen diced potatoes or hash browns can step in, paired with a bag of frozen bell peppers and onions.
Chicken Broth: A versatile choice, as chicken stock or vegetable broth can be delightful alternatives.
Ham: Utilize those delectable leftovers from festive occasions or opt for a package of diced ham or deli ham year-round.
Half and Half: A blend of heavy cream and milk serves as a fantastic alternative.
Sour Cream: In the absence of sour cream, plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt proves to be an excellent substitute.
Optional toppings such as shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, a dollop of sour cream, or chopped parsley can elevate your culinary experience.
Recipe Variations to Tantalize Your Taste Buds
If you’re yearning for a twist, consider these variations:
Ham and Potato Cheese Soup: Introduce 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese for an extra layer of richness.
Ham and Potato Leek Soup: Elevate the dish by adding finely chopped leeks for a subtle, sophisticated flavor.
Ham and Potato Soup with Vegetables: Integrate frozen mixed vegetables in the final 30 minutes of cooking for added vibrancy.
How to make this in your kitchen:
Combine and Forget: Dump all ingredients, except sour cream and half and half, into the Crock Pot.
Let It Simmer: Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Finishing Touch: Stir in half and half and sour cream for the ultimate creaminess.
Recipe Tips for Perfection
Start with Frozen Potatoes: The secret to the perfect texture lies in using frozen potatoes, eliminating the need for extra prep.
Let It Cook: Patience is a virtue. Allow the soup to simmer slowly for the best results.
Stir Before Adding Final Ingredients: Ensure a creamy texture by stirring before incorporating the sour cream and half and half.
Recipe Short Cuts for Hectic Days
If time is of the essence, consider these shortcuts:
Buy Pre-Diced Ham: Convenience meets flavor with pre-diced ham, readily available at your local grocery store.
Buy Chopped Celery: Streamline your prep by opting for pre-chopped celery in the produce section.
Cook on High: Reduce cooking time by opting for high heat in your slow cooker.
Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze Before Cooking: Combine ham, celery, potatoes, salt, and pepper in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze, then cook as directed.
To Freeze After Cooking: Portion the soup into freezer-safe containers. Thaw and reheat when ready to enjoy.