Spiral Ham & Sweet Potato Soup
Cook the ham bone and trimmings in the gallon of water. (remove fatty parts before adding) It will condense down to 3/4 gallon of broth.
While that is cooking on the stove top put 5 large sweet potatoes in the oven to bake. Be sure to put them on a pan to catch the mess and prick them with a knife or fork so they don't explode. Cook them at 375 for about an hour until done.
Pull the meat off the bones and break into little bits. Put the meat in the broth and start to heat it. Add some salt and pepper to the broth. Sweet hams are not as salty as traditionally cured hams.
After the sweets are cooked then pull the skin off and slice them into quarter inch slices. This keeps your soup from having threads of fiber from the sweet potatoes in them. Add the potato to the hot broth and stir well.
Finish the soup with some sour cream, regular, low fat, or fat free. You can add a half pint to pint depending on your preference. Try half of it and if you want it a little more tart then add the full pint. I didn't have half and half when I made it so I served it with a dollop of it on the top and it was delicious.
The basic cost was that of the sweet potatoes and the sour cream. My pot of soup cost me $7 to make. Since it was leftover ham I didn't figure a cost in on that.