Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Split Pea Soup - #29daysseducedbybruce - Day 12 of 29

Our house is a house divided when it comes to soup.  I was raised on soup, all kinds of soup, and love almost every type of soup you can throw at me.  Jed's love of soup is limited to, basically, chili.  And he loathes Split Pea Soup...which is why I made a big ol' batch of it, knowing there'd be extra for me. 

Walt has been experimenting with his own crock pot lately and has, in the last month, told me twice that he's made some banging Split Pea Soup.  I had a left over ham bone from New Year's Eve in the freezer, just waiting for an opportunity to make some soup.  So I modified Walt's recipe a bit to make dinner on Saturday.  

Nathan loved it.  Downed his first bowl and asked for a second.  Jed was shit talking it before he even tried it.  But I made some toasted sour dough bread to go with it and he sopped that shit up like it was a Baylor girl trying her first fried pickle with a cup of Ranch.  For as much as he "hates split pea soup" he swore it was the sour dough toast that made it so delicious.  

Thank you for the inspiration, Walt.  I did make a couple of minor alterations to your recipe, but most of it stayed the same.  If y'all try it, let me know your thoughts.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs

7 cups water
1 (16 ounce) package dried split peas, rinsed and sorted (2 1/4 Cups)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 stalks celery, finely chopped (1 Cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 
1 Cup Chopped Carrots
1 Cup Cubed Potato
1 Bay leaf
1 ham bone or 2 lbs ham shanks or 2 lbs smoked pork hocks

Notes / Directions

1. Mix all ingredients except ham in 5 qt slow cooker, then add ham.

2. Cover and cook on low heat 8 to 10 hrs or on high heat 6 to 7 hours until peas are tender Remove ham from cooker; place on cutting board.

3. Pull meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and skin.

4. Stir ham into soup.

5. Stir well before serving.