1/2 (20-oz.) package refrigerated Southwestern-style hash brown potatoes
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 (14-oz.) cans low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded asadero cheese*
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (12-oz.) package fresh broccoli florets
Sautéed chopped ham
How to Make It
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add potatoes and cumin, and sauté 5 minutes or until browned and tender. Gradually stir in broth, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes.
Whisk together flour and next 2 ingredients. Stir into potato mixture, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low.
Add cheeses, and cook, stirring constantly, until cheeses melt and mixture is thoroughly heated.
Place broccoli in a 1-qt. microwave-safe glass bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 3 to 4 1/2 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender, stirring after 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Stir hot broccoli into chowder. Top each serving with sauteed chopped ham.
*Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted.
Note: We tested with Simply Potatoes Southwest Style Hash Browns.