Earlier this month, just before the holidays, a dear, close friend of mine shared with me that she was in charge of her entire family's Christmas dinner and expressed a smidge of trepidation over the affair. I have the luxury of a relatively small family, so cooking for 15+ over a holiday has never really been an option for me, but I do remember the Flynn Family Christmas Eve Extravaganzas, with a huge house filled to the brim with laughing adults and screaming children.
My Unc' called the other day to let me know he was making this dish, and it instantly brought back the best memories of youth at my grandparents' house. He wanted to let me know that he was using the meat thermometer that we gave him a few Christmasses ago to set off an alarm before the chowder boils. Ingenious.
- In a big pot, cook the 3 pieces of bacon until crisp.
- Take out of pan & crumble.
- Drain off all but 1 1/2 Tablespoon of grease for flavor.
- Fry 3 or 4 green onions in grease.
- Add ham & bacon and fry slightly.
- Add corn & stir well.
- Add half & half and mix well.
- Add potatoes.
- Top off pot with plain milk until desired consistency is achieved.
- Cook gently - DO NOT BOIL - for 30 or 45 minutes until potatoes are done.
Photo courtesy of Dinner and Jam.