We had quite a large amount of cooked ham I had cut off the bone, that needed to be used. When it's cold outside, nothing says comfort like a nice, hot cup of soup or stew. I had all these ingredients on hand and it went together in no time. I post it here in case I wish to make it again and perhaps someone here will enjoy it as well!
Chop the ham in bite-sized pieces and set aside. Scrub the potatoes (any kind will do) and cut in bite-sized chunks. *** I did not peel my potatoes, but you can if you prefer ***
At this point, place the oil in a large Dutch oven until hot. While it is heating, chop the onion then scrub the carrots and slice. *** Again, I did not peel my carrots, but you can if desired ***
Place the cut up ham in the hot oil, sprinkle with the Bayou Blast (this is an Emeril Lagasse seasoning blend I mix up and keep on hand in my spice cabinet) and granulated garlic. Cook and stir for a couple minutes until fragrant.
Add the onion and mushrooms and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Now put in the chopped potatoes and carrots, stirring to combine.
Sprinkle on the ground pepper and pour in chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a slow boil and cook until the potatoes and carrots are almost tender.
Add the corn kernels and green peas and cook until heated through. Add the heavy cream and slowly heat to the boiling point. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
At this point, you may mix a couple tablespoons of all-purpose flour with a bit of water, mix thoroughly and add to the stew as a thickener, again stirring and bringing slowly up to a boil as it thickens.