BLACK FOREST SPLIT PEA SOUP

25 Nov

Well Well Well, I just finished making Polish sausage for Christmas and I can’t decide what to do next so I’ll shoot this out to you.
It’s another thing My wife doesn’t like – split pea soup – but She really likes this one ( even the kids liked it when they were little.)

2 tbsp butter
2 med onions – chopped fine
2 medium carrots – shredded – ( you know, I went and bought an old timey box grater and I’m finding all kinds of uses for it. Saves alot of time as long as you don’t skin your knuckles on it) especially carrots that need to be cooked down
1 stalk celery – diced
1 med potato diced

1 ham bone – left over from your last sliced ham or one pound of smoked ham hocks
1 pkg split peas
1 can (12oz) of real beer – not lite anything
1 tsp crushed thyme
2 tsp whole mustard seed – crushed
1/8 tsp ground cloves

1 1/2 pkg smokie links ( anyone remember those) sometimes I find them , or brats
cut in half then slice 1/2″ thick – lightly fry
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped green onions

melt butter and saute onion, add carrots and celery
cook until soft
add ham bone potato, peas, beer, spices and enough water to barley cover the ham bone
Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer
Simmer for 2 or 3 hours until peas are tender and meat falls off the bone
Remove bone pick off any meat and put it back in the pot.

Now at this point you can eat it as is or take a cup or two of soup and put it in a blender to puree …. ON PULSES …. WITH A TOWEL ON IT BECAUSE ITS REAL HOT AND YOU DON’T WANT IT TO FLY OUT OF THE BLENDER —IT WILL BURN YOU ….. UNLESS YOU ARE JOHNNY FIRE.   I have just bought a boat motor – immersion blender ,   didn’t cost much and it comes in real handy for (creaming) soups and stuff without using cream (no extra calories)
That’s what I use.

Then  lightly fry up some  smokie links ( sliced ) ,  parsley and green onions and a  splash of  cider vinegar.

Crackers go well with this

Eat and Enjoy !

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