Okay, so the St. Patrick's Day "Irish" meal has been eaten. If your family is like mine, there will be plenty of leftovers. If you read my post yesterday (Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage), you know that my kids don't eat the corned beef. Yet I make it every year. So every year, I undoubtedly, have tons of leftovers. In years past, I've made hash, or just reheated, but this year, I really wanted to transform it into something else. Who says I can't make Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Chowder?
Here's the thing, I'm not 100% sure, what defines a chowder. I should have looked into this, before I named it, but, quite honestly, I got lazy. I'm going to go with this: A soup that has a base of meat or seafood and a milk or cream broth. I don't know if this is right, but this is what I'm sticking with. If you have the actual definition I would love to hear it, unless I'm wrong, then you can keep it to yourself!
I made this "chowder" on the stovetop, because it comes together fairly quickly, but if you aren't going to be home, I think you could throw it all in the crockpot and just add the milk when you get home, I wouldn't want that milk cooking all day, so maybe just the last hour of cooking. My best guess, for crock pot, for total time would be 3-4 hours on low. I mean, everything is already cooked, so it's just a matter of warming and letting the flavors meld.
If you didn't save any cooking liquid from your original corned beef and cabbage, (shame on you, because I specifically told you to save it yesterday) just use chicken broth.
One last note, or confession if you will, after it was done, I wasn't sure if it was going to be good and I was a little scared to eat it. Don't worry, after one spoonful, I was sold. It was awesome. Thank goodness, I now have a recipe to use up all my leftovers.
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Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Chowder
- 2 C leftover corned beef diced
- 2 C leftover accompanying vegetables potatoes, cabbage, carrots diced
- ½ onion diced
- ½ C chicken broth
- ½ C leftover cooking liquid or use all chicken broth
- 1 can cream of mushroom or cream of potato, cream of celery
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 C whole milk or cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- In a large saucepan, add corned beef, vegetables, onion, chicken broth, cooking liquid, cream of mushroom soup and dried thyme over medium heat.
- Bring to a bubble and then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes.
- Add milk, salt and pepper and simmer uncovered 15 minutes.
- Optional, garnish with sliced green onions.
Stephanie Daigneault says
I had an idea to do something like this many years back, but could never get it quite like what I was thinking in my mind. This looks delicious! Pinning!
Oh thanks, I hope it lives up to your expectations 🙂
My husband is going to go crazy over this recipe
I love corned beef and cabbage, AND I love chowder! (I agree with your definition 😀 ) I think I might add some corn to this recipe - I don't know why, I love corn in chowder.
Now why didn't I think of that addition Kelly? It seems like a no brainer no that you say it! Next year, corn it is! And thanks for the definition agreement!
What a great leftover idea! Love it! Pinned!!!
Yum, I make cabbage chowder, but have never made it with corned beef, one of my families favorites, definitely pinning this to try. I just started a new recipe link-up, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up, and would love to invite you to share your recipe at my linky party. :)http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up.html
Sounds great April. I will absolutely come link up. Thanks.
I'll be making your Corned Beef and Cabbage this weekend so this soup will definitely be on the menu for next week! Can't wait to try this recipe too!
I saw this on G+ earlier...what a great idea! It looks delicious! Pinning and stumbling!
- Brooke -
Heidy L. McCallum says
Being my husband is Irish-- and ST Patrick's day is coming up--- this Leftover Corned Beef & Cabbage Chowder might be my go to recipe after the festivities ! I am always trying to do something with the leftovers.
Heidi, me too. I'm not big on leftovers unless they are totally repurposed and this fits the bill. Thanks for dropping by.
barbra l hayes says
thank you so much for your suggestions.. I saved my broth(of course) but not much corned beef left..however I made Julia childs cream of garlic sauce with horseradish with vermouth witch is also going into the pot along with some corn and marsala..