Wild Rice Chowder by Harper59

Source: Bon Appetit, October 1994

It is important that the ham not have a strong flavor because that will affect the overall taste. I buy a small Frick's Gourmet Ham and chop it up finely. DO NOT USE SMOKED HAM.


2 T butter 1 lb. carrots, chopped 5 or 6 stalks celery, chopped 1 yellow onion, diced 1 1/4 lb. ham, chopped, no flavorings (not smoked or maple) 8 oz. wild rice 6 c chicken broth 6 c water 1 c whipping cream 3 bay leaves


Saute carrots, celery, onion in butter, until sweaty (8-10 mins.)
Add wild rice, ham, chicken broth, water, bay leaves
Bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour
Remove bay leaves
Add whipping cream slowly while stirring
Remove about 3 cups of the soup and blend finely; return to soup