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Split Pea and Ham Soup in the Crock Pot (9/17/2010)

Split Pea and Ham Soup in the Crock Pot

3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 8 oz. pkg. John Morrell ham strips
1 smoked ham hock
7 cups chicken stock or broth
1 1lb. bag dried, split peas-rinsed
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. thyme
Pepper to taste

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onion, carrots, and celery. Cook 5-6 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add contents of skillet to a 4-5 quart crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot. Cover and cook on low heat 8-10 hours. Remove ham hock, and, allow to cool a bit. Remove meat from bone. Discard bone. Add meat back to crock pot. Stir and serve.

John Morrell ham strips are on sale at Cremer's on Rhomberg Ave. for 2 for $1
(8 oz. package). Also, Cremer's always has delicious ham hocks available.

This week's recommended wine from Van's Liquor Store in East Dubuque-Greg Norman Wines, all types, 750ml bottles, $8.99.


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