Almost Clam Chowder

Makes a huge batch for a fantastic Christmas Eve dinner for a crowd.
(For those who don't mind the taste of clams but aren't fond of the texture.)

1 pound bacon, diced
1/4 pound ham
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups diced potatoes
2 cups cooked, diced chicken (or turkey) meat
4 cups chicken broth
2 bottles clam juice (or 2 cans clams with juice, for the brave)
1 can whole kernal corn with liquid salt and pepper to taste
4 cups milk
3/4 cup flour
4 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or jack)
1/2 pint whipping cream (not whipped)
2 Tbsp parsley


  1. In large skillet saute bacon, ham, onions, and celery until bacon is crisp and onions and celery are limp.
  2. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Put contents of skillet along with potatoes, carrots, chicken, broth, clam juice, and corn into crockpot, cover, and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Whisk flour into milk, and add to pot along with cheese, whipping cream, and parsley and cook one more hour on high.