Recipe for the New Year


One of my New Year’s resolutions is never to print a recipe unless I have actually tried it.  I’ve had a few kitchen disasters this year and was embarrassed that I put it on this site before testing it out!

But listen up cooks – I had the most wonderful recipe I got from my friend, Lady Mary.  I made it yesterday for my lunch bunch group and have enough left to take with me to Nashville today.  It makes 8 quarts and freezes well.

ChickenChowder Best of all, it’s “slap yo Mama” good. Trust me on this.

It would be the perfect thing to prepare for New Year’s Day and you can sit back and rake in the compliments.  I call it “Lady Mary’s Dump soup – because that’s all you do – dump stuff in the crotch pot and let it do your work for you. I think Lady calls it Chicken Chowder.

If you make it up in the crotch pot, you can just let it simmer away all day and folks can ladle up a cup when they get hungry.  A big old skillet of corn bread is the perfect accompaniment and you have a complete meal.

Chicken Chowder

6 chicken breasts cooked and deboned – reserve broth for next step

32 ounces frozen mixed vegetables

10-ounce package frozen chopped hash browns

6 bouillon cubes (I didn’t have any so I used about a cup and a half of the reserved chicken broth – very rich and flavorful)

1-1/2 cups chopped onion

3 cups milk (I used half and half and cut it to about 1-1/2 cups)

3 cans cream of chicken soup (I replaced one with Cream of Mushroom)

1 tsp pepper

1 pound Velveeta (I used one of my Mississippi State jalapena processed cheese blocks)

Dump all ingredients in pot except cheese and cook two hours on the stove at a gentle simmer (put lid on as it thickens).  If you’re using a crock pot,  cook it for five or six hoursAdd the cheese before serving and let it melt into the chowder.

3 thoughts on “Recipe for the New Year

  1. It’s kind of an inside joke – my friend Kate’s housekeeper has always called it the crotch pot, so we started doing it too. Now I find myself slipping in public!

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