There are some meals that don’t exactly bring the man rushing in to the table with anticipation and a growling stomach. Dinners like meatloaf, meals where I sneak in a little horseradish, or Dijon, and anything with onions that he can see, yeah, those are met with sighs and rolling of the eyes.
I would imagine this gets thrown in there with the rest. Split pea soup. It doesn’t exactly sound smexy, and it certainly doesn’t back up its unappetizing name with a smoking body. Nope, this one is all about personality. Or in the case of food, flavor.
It’s hard to imagine after simmering all day with a ham hock that dirt could be anything other than delicious. I mean really, ham = pig and pig = bacon. And we all know bacon is the snack of the gods. There may be a tad bit of hyperbole in that, but if you use this backwards logic it will convince most skeptics to try a bite. Once they try a bite, there’s no going back.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
from America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution
- 2 onions, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teas minced fresh thyme (1/2 teas dried thyme)
- 1/9 teas red pepper flakes
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 lbs green split peas (2 cups), picked over and rinsed
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick pieces
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 smoked ham hock, rinsed
- 8 ounces ham steak, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- salt and pepper
Microwave onions, garlic, oil, thyme, and red pepper flakes in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onion are softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to slow cooker.
Stir broth, water, split peas, carrots and bay leaves into slow cooker. Nestle ham hock into slow cooker. Cover and cook until peas are tender, 9 to 11 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high.
Remove ham hock, let cool slightly, then shred into bite-sized pieces, discarding skin and bones. Let soup settle 5 minutes, then remove from surface using large spoon. Discard bay leaves.
Stir in ham steak and shredded ham hock, cover and let cook on high until heated through, about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
This recipe made a hearty thick split pea soup. You could thin it out a bit by adding more broth.
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