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Friday, January 2, 2009

SPLIT PEA SOUP



The last couple of days, there has not been a single green leaf, or any vegetable matter consumed in the Chilebrown house. It has been a pork lovers paradise. Nueske Ham & Bacon, Fatted Calf Porterhouse steaks, potatoes, raviolis and a whole lot of cookies and sweets. There was an olive in the martini, but that does not count. (does it?) With the Ham comes a beautiful bone. It is like an added bonus. With a Ham bone comes split pea soup. This is a very easy soup to make. It also has vegetables to offset some of our over indulgence. There will be, of course, a Chilebrown touch of some chipotle pepper. This soup sure smells good simmering a way while watching Bowl games. Let's Go!

Chilebrown's Split Pea Soup

  1. One ham bone
  2. 1 pound split peas
  3. 2 slices of bacon chopped
  4. 1 onion chopped fine
  5. 2 stalks celery cubed
  6. 2 carrots cubed
  7. 2 chipotle peppers
  8. salt & pepper
  9. 1 tablespoon cumin
  10. 1 teaspoon oregano
  11. 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Cook Bacon and onion for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients except salt & pepper and reserve 1/2 of cubed carrots and celery. Cover with water and bring to simmer.Add additional water if needed. Simmer for 1 hour. At this point remove the ham bone and chipotle pepper. Take a sturdy wooden spoon and stir vigorously. This will break up the split peas a little. Add the remain carrots and celery to hot liquid. Season with salt & pepper.Cover and turn off heat. When bone is cool, remove meat and chop into pieces. Chop chipotle pepper. Return pepper and ham to pot and heat thoroughly. Serve with Ham Sandwiches

This soup is thick and hearty. The Nueske bacon adds a hint of smokiness. The chipotle pepper adds a little heat to warm your soul. There are even some vegetables to make your body happy! Enjoy!

9 comments:

PresidentofCookies said...

Your Mother is very happy that you are finally eating your vegetables! Happy New Year!!! PS--- We all know it was you that hid the broccoli behind the couch when you were a kid.

Zoomie said...

The olive definitely counts!

cookiecrumb said...

Vegetables!
Is a Dorito a vegetable?

Rev. Biggles said...

Where's the lard? It's not soup if it doesn't have lard in it.

I had too many olives yesterday.

Biggles

Chilebrown said...

Ah Reverend, I think you may have created a chemical imbalance by eating olives yesterday. The Lard is in the bacon, You Foo!

liteluvr said...

Love the bacon, love the ham...
but the peas... man those are little chunks of Satan's nose noogies.
Hated em as a kid, and never outgrew it... Like Black-eyes, and beans of all types... but those little green guys... foo-yuk.

;O)

campj said...

looking good Paul.

Chilebrown said...

Welcome to Mad Meat Genius campj.

To those of you who do not know campj, he is an accomplished decorated 'Chili Cook Off Champion’. He is an expert at grilling gastronomy. Campj is also the reigning champion and record holder of ‘Silver Strike’. His comments will be a welcome addition to this humble venue of lunacy.

peekywee said...

And after the chipotle pepper warms your soul as you eat it, the flatulence from the beans warms your bed for the rest of the night. Cozy!