Prepare garlic croutons: Remove crusts from bread slices and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. In a small skillet, melt butter with the oil over medium heat. Add garlic and bread cubes. Cook, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes, until croutons are golden brown and fragrant. Transfer the croutons to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. For the soup: Put the ham hock into a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion and celery. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until onion is softened. Add split peas and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add ham hock and stock and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring often, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until split peas are very tender, adding additional stock if the soup seems too thick. Transfer the ham hock to a plate and set aside. In a food processor or blender, puree the soup in batches. Pour the soup through a strainer set over a large bowl, pressing hard on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. When cool enough to handle, remove all the lean pieces of ham and finely dice them. Put soup and cream into a large saucepan, season with salt and pepper if necessary, and reheat. ladle the soup into bowls and top with the diced ham and garlic croutons. NOTES : Reprinted in The Sacramento Bee January 14, 1998 Recipe by: "Comfort Food: Soup" by Charles Pierce Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 527 by Crane Walden
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2355g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 1117 (49%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 124.1g||165 %|
|Saturated Fat 50.3g||252 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 52.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 14.1g|
|Cholesterol 588.3mg||181 %|
|Sodium 9077mg||313 %|
|Potassium 4402.7mg||116 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 68.3g||20 %|
|Dietary Fiber 11.3g||45 %|
|Sugars, other 56.9g|
|Protein 205.4g||293 %|
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Calories per serving: 2259
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