Slow Cooker Root Vegetables With Ham

Slow cooker potatoes

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 11 hrs
Total: 11 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
394 Calories
13g Fat
51g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 394
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 191mg 15%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1385mg 29%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple vegetable and ham mixture is an easy and filling meal for any time of the week. Easily assembled, the stew cooks in the slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours—or 3 to 4 if choosing the high setting–without you having to do much else. Potatoes, celery, carrots, and onions, cook in a delicious chicken stock-based liquid that is flavored by a generous amount of ham. The mixture cooks and thickens thanks to the addition of rich and creamy evaporated milk, but if you prefer these types of preparations to be even thicker you can add the optional flour and water slurry to help. The dish is a complete meal that you can serve with a green salad and some bread slices to soak up the juices on your plate. Prepare in the morning and have it ready by dinner time with one or two stops to check in on the cooking process.

Root vegetables are rich in nutrients and very budget-friendly, especially when in season. We used potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery, but other root vegetables of your liking like parsnips, celeriac, rutabaga, or daikon are also great vegetables to add into the mix. Simply keep the amounts similar to our suggestions so you have a balanced meal, and always use fragrant onions to add a sweet undertone to the mix. Use any cooked ham that you enjoy, but in a pinch add the same amount of smoked sausages. This is a hearty meal that benefits from fresh herbs when serving, for flavor and color. You can use fresh parsley to taste, but cilantro or basil also add a great herby touch that pairs well with the rich ham flavor.

We suggest using unsalted stock because the ham will add a reasonable amount of salt. Taste test before serving and add sat to taste, but the ham should be enough to give the necessary amount of saltiness. Add a pinch of chile pepper flakes for some heat, or serve with your favorite hot sauce for each guest to add to taste.

Ingredients

  • 8 medium potatoes

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 4 medium carrots, sliced

  • 2 stalks celery, sliced

  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock, low-sodium chicken stock, or vegetable stock

  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes

  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 2 cups cubed ham, or sliced smoked sausages

  • 1 (13-ounce) can evaporated milk

For Thickening:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into bite-size pieces.

  3. Place the potatoes in the slow cooker along with the onions, carrots, celery, chicken stock, parsley, butter, and ham.

  4. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.

  5. Gently stir in evaporated milk during the last hour.

  6. If desired, mix the optional flour and water and add the mixture into the pot 20 minutes before the cooking time is up. This will thicken the mixture.

  7. Carefully stir well before serving and enjoy!.