Grandma's Split Pea Soup
My maternal (Southern) grandmother's Split Pea Soup is a very tasty, stick to your ribs, hearty soup. I make it with turkey kielbasa (Polish sausage), top with some crumbled feta or blue cheese, and serve with a crusty bread."Was searching for a recipe to use the smoked turkey legs frozen on new years (used this:
http://bbq.about.com/od/turkeyrecipes/r/blb30926j.htm ) Found that everyone agrees that this is way better than any split pea soup I've ever made. Love the cayenne and lemon- very subtle yet pleasing to all. This is a first for using smoked turkey, but this will be in the regular rotation. BTW, our boys were introduced to split pea at an early age by their Aunt Jane, who told them it was "Dragon Tail Soup".
Thanks for sharing - Kim" - ultiplayer
Yield: 6 Ready in 45 minutes
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|2 cupsdried split peas|
|2 teaspoonsCanola oil|
|1 largeVidalia onion; chopped|
|1 clovegarlic; crushed|
|2 stalkscelery; strings removed and chopped fine|
|2 carrots; finely diced|
|2 smoked turkey wings or 1 smoked turkey leg or turk|
|2 teaspoonsCoarse salt|
|6 cupsChicken Stock|
|1 tablespoonfresh sage; julienned|
|1 teaspoonlemon zest; freshly grated|
|3 tablespoonsfresh parsley leaves; coarsely chopped for garnish|
Grandma's Split Pea Soup Preparation
Wash the peas to remove dust. Spread on a towel and remove any debris.
Heat a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium high heat. Add oil and heat, add onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add smoked turkey, peas, salt and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, and cook, partially covered, until peas are tender, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove turkey from pot and remove meat from the bones. Finely shred meat and put back into the pot. Stir in sage, lemon zest and cayenne and cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
Ladle pea puree into serving bowls. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
I usually double the recipe and freeze it in individual servings.
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