Smoked Ham and Corn Chowder

Smoked Ham and Corn Chowder

4 ears of corn, kernels cut off and cobs reserved

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion , diced

one 1/2 lb. piece of ham, cut into 1/4 inch dice

2  smoked ham hocks

3 cups water

2 cups heavy cream

1 lb. red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice

Place onion in soup pot and saute in oil until soft. Add ham hocks , corn cobs and 3 cups of water and bring to boil, lower to simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the corn cobs and ham hocks. Add heavy cream and potatoes and cook until potatoes are almost tender. Add the corn and ham , simmer until corn and potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper , to taste.

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