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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"
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.
michellebolhuis 1m agoI am not a big fan of split pea soup, but my family loves it with the left over New Years ham, So I used ham instead of the turkey legs. As I was added the spices I thought it a bit interesting but I actually liked it.
BourbonBelle 2y ago
skroseberg 3y agoMy family of 5 all loved it! Thanks for posting.
Jeni315 4y agoGreat taste! I had to improvise cuz I didn't have all the spices. I added ham, parsley flakes, Cajun seasoning, and a pinch of chili pepper. I used 2 tsp of sea salt, but I think 1 tsp is plenty , it seemed a bit salty
StCloudDad 4y agoGreat update to split pea soup! The lemon zest (I also tossed in the juice), sage, and cayenne make give this otherwise boring dish some real taste interest! Vegetarian version could be really good, too: Skip the meat and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
Kpbongos 4y agoI made this with bacon as we didn't have smoked turkey leg or a ham hock. It was really really good. Careful on the sage though...I used a little too much.
wyattj 4y agoI used ham (leftover in fridge) instead of smoked turkey wings. I actually used more lemon than called for. I cooked a little longer for the sake of the split peas and I added more chicken stock as it was more paste like. Since it looks pureed in the picture, I did that as well. My wife liked it.
Lofrias 5y agoGreat recipe! Great flavors!!
speedster85 5y agoI really enjoyed this recipe, I would use just a tad less lemon zest. Will be making again and again!
gidge80 6y agoThis was very good...my husband thought the lemon flavor was a little too strong, and I actually prefer pea soup in vegetarian form, but overall we liked this. The texture was great and with a few changes we can make this fit our personal tastes a litte better. Great hearty soup!