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    Winter Comfort Foods: Split Pea Soup with Ham Hock

    Winter brings a chill and wetness that can only be cured with some TLC and homemade comfort food. When I think of winter foods I think of soup first. Here is a simple recipe for hearty, rich, and savory Split Pea Soup that I love to get cozy with when it’s continually cold and wet outside.

    For those like me who never had it growing up, I have to admit that the first time my wife first decided to make the soup a few years ago, it sounded to me like Beef Stroganoff and Liver & Onions other foods that never appealed to me. But I dutifully tried it, and after the first bite ate 2-3 bowls in succession. Trust me, it’s amazing. You won’t regret investing some time and making this soul-nourishing soup.

    Split Pea SoupRecipe for Split Pea Soup with Ham Hock

    Serves: 4 – 6 people

    Prep time: 20 minutes + overnight soaking of peas.

    Cooking time: 2-2 ½ hours

    Ingredients you’ll need:

    2 ¼ cups of dried split peas
    2 quarts of cold water
    1 ½ pound ham bone
    2 onions, thinly sliced
    ½ tsp of salt
    ¼ tsp ground black pepper
    1 pinch dried marjoram
    3 stalks celery, chopped
    3 carrots, chopped

    Instructions:

    1. The night before, in a large pot, cover peas with 2 qts water in a large pot and soak overnight. If overnight soaking is not an option just simmer the peas for a couple of minutes and then soak for an hour.
    2. Once the peas are soaked, add the ham bone, onion, salt, pepper, and marjoram. Cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
    3. Remove the ham bone and cut off the meat on a cutting board. Dice the meat and add it back into the soup.
    4. Add celery, carrots, and potatoes. Cook slowly for 30 – 40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
    Serve with baguette or rustic bread. It’s also great with any dark Porter or Winter Warmer ale.

    You can view the full recipe at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/split-pea-soup/

    Bon appetit!




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