Hollandse Erwten (Split Pea) Soup
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This soup is great especially in the fall or winter. My Mother Ina was a great cook and I'm happy I can reproduce some of her best recipes.
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 15mins
- 2 (16 ounce) packages split peas
- 1 medium onion (medium to large)
- 3 large carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 large baking potato
- 1⁄4 lb bacon
- 2 large ham hocks, cut in half by the butcher
- 4 quarts water
- Empty split peas from package,; wash and check for foreign matter.
- Cut carrots, celery, bacon and onion into 1/4-inch dice; set aside.
- Peel and quarter potato; set aside.
- Add Bacon to 6 quart pot and over medium heat stir and fry until crispy.
- Remove Bacon and discard all but a teaspoon of bacon fat.
- Add onions and cook until caramelized.
- Add 4 quarts water and split peas to the pot on high flame; bring to boil.
- Turn down flame to low to medium.
- Add potato and rinsed ham hocks.
- Cook approximately 1 hour or until potato is almost done.
- Add celery and carrots.
- Cook an additional 20-30 minutes.
- Take the ham hocks out of the pot and remove the meat.
- Take your potato masher and mash the potato to thicken the soup.
- Add the ham hock meat.
- Stir this soup occasionally as the peas tend to stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Do not add salt and pepper as ham hocks may be salty enough.
- Serve with croutons.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Very easy and tasty. Thick and hearty, but healthy and low-fat. I cut the recipe in half and used a little less carrots and a little more celery. It didn't seem like much meat from the ham hock so I added the bacon back in at the end. Next time I would try subbing 2-3 cups chicken broth or mushroom stock for part of the water and add a little garlic, but this was my best attempt at pea soup so far. Thanks for sharing.Reply
This recipe seemed pretty much like the other split pea soup recipes I've tried, except less salty. I cut this recipe in half. I also pureed some of the soup to make a creamier soup which I liked. If I make this recipe again I will add more meat and not bother to fry bacon. The bacon didn't seem to give it much of a different taste and just took time. I'd also add more salt. This is an average recipe. Not unique or great, but not bad either. Just a comfortable, simple and basic split pea soup.Reply
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