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Old 02-18-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Split Pea Soup

This batch makes around 10-12 servings...

2 cups dried green split peas (just throw in the whole bag)
4 cups beer (I use 3 Henry Weinhard's which comes out to about 6 cups)
4 cups water
2 ham hocks
2 medium onions, cut into 3/4" cubes
3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2" pieces
3 carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces
2 large potatoes with the skin on, cut into 3/4" cubes
a few shakes of salt and pepper (the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper if you want to get technical.)

1. Combine the split peas, beer and water in a large pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour...stir once in a while.
2. Add the ham hocks, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, and salt/pepper. Simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove the ham hocks from the soup and cut the meat off the bone. Return the meat to the soup and serve.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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yum!

check with your local Honey Baked Ham store. they sell the bones from the hams they cut up for sandwiches. use that instead of a ham hock.

you wont be disappointed. the ham bone is about $4 for two huge meaty bones.
oh, and bring it all to a simmer on the stovetop, and pop the (ovensafe) pan into the oven at 350. no stirring needed, and the split pea soup will be creamier.
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yum!

check with your local Honey Baked Ham store. they sell the bones from the hams they cut up for sandwiches. use that instead of a ham hock.

you wont be disappointed. the ham bone is about $4 for two huge meaty bones.
oh, and bring it all to a simmer on the stovetop, and pop the (ovensafe) pan into the oven at 350. no stirring needed, and the split pea soup will be creamier.
That's a great idea...unfortionatly the closest Honey Baked Ham store is around 150 miles away (the town I live in is kinda in the middle of nowhere.) I'll try asking the local butcher...thanks!!
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I never thought to use beer. My recipe is similar to yours. I am so trying it with beer on my next day off
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my old man neighbor is sick. hospitalized with pneumonia. he got home, so i whipped up a huge pot of SPS. my home smells amazing. i took them half of the pot so they wouldnt need to cook.

pics later if i remember.
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