Winter weather is coming to Wake Forest! It’s time to break out the hat and gloves, and to get creative for sleds. With the possibility of snow and ice, the Town of Wake Forest is prepared for whatever comes our way. They have 28 tons of sand/salt mix ready to be used for this winter season, and another 175 tons of pure salt. If you’ve been on the roads yet this morning, you’re likely to see some faint lines on major roadways, and that’s brine that NC Department of Transportation has been spreading to get ready for the upcoming weather. As we all know, brine, salt and sand can only go so far. If we really get the snow that we (well, some of us) are hoping for, the Town of Wake Forest has 6 plows ready to deploy and these plows will help clear Wake Forest’s 78 miles of roads – working on thoroughfares and primary roads first.
Now, whether or not you want to venture on these roads covered with some ice and snow is another story. For me, I’ll likely be in front of the fireplace enjoying some hot cocoa and this delicious Potato Ham Chowder! Looks delicious, right?
Here’s what you’ll need, in addition to stocking up on the usuals of bread, milk and eggs. Worse case scenario, you can always make french toast!
- 4 slices of bacon, diced
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
- 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 cups milk, or more, as needed
- 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 7 oz ham steak, diced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
- Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and cook. Be sure to stir frequently until onions have become translucent. Stir in the corn and thyme. In about 1-2 minutes, the thyme will become fragrant.
- Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook. Whisk constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in ham, salt and pepper, to taste. If the chowder happens to be too thick, add a little more milk as needed until your desired consistency is reached.
- Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and ENJOY!
Wake Forest Power works hard throughout the year with tree trimming and other preventative maintenance to help minimize the impact of any storms that we may see, since downed trees and limbs are the leading cause of power outages during storms. To report power outages or emergencies, such as downed power lines, call 919-435-9570 or 919-554-6724. Wake Forest Power employees are available 24-hours-a-day to respond.
While we are all warm and comfortable in our homes, eating this delicious potato ham chowder, let’s remember those men and woman who work around the clock who keep us safe day in and day out.