Prior to marrying my wife Karen the only Split Pea Soup that I ever had was " Campbell's ! " The reason was because my Mom never made homemade Split Pea Soup. Today I still do eat the canned the " Campbell's Split Pea Soup " quite a bit for my lunch.
However ..... when I want " some really good Split Pea Soup " I make the below recipe which was first made for me by my wife Karen. After my first taste I fell in love for a second time ! ( first time with my wife of course )
The problem was ..... it wasn't that often that we had a left over Ham Bone ..... So I came up with the idea for using Ham Hocks ( which my wife had never heard of ) which is how I made it the first time.
Then, of course, I had to try making it in a " Slow Cooker " which is my favorite way to cook any meal that I can. I then had to put my own " twist " on the recipe and it came out " Awesome ! " ( if I do say so myself ) .
You must have a Ham Broth Base & Seasoning mix to make this recipe !
You must use a slow cooker that is newer for this recipe !
See " slow cooker problem #1 " for more.
" To use later during Slow Cooking: "
( " Note: " Only take the slow cooker lid off when directions call for it and at no other time )
The reason I try to find and use " Hurst's HamPeas " is due to the fact that a " Ham Flavor Packet " is included with them which always adds that much more flavor to your " Split Pea Soup ! " - ( Note: Add the Flavor Packet in Direction # 2 above )
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Sometimes when I get a hankering for some good " Split Pea Soup " and if I don't have any type of " ham bone " to give me the base flavor ..... I go a completely different way ..... besides lately good smoked ham hocks have been hard to find for me ..... maybe it has something to due with the COVID-19 stuff .....
So I do one of the two options below :
- I buy " 2 " 8 oz. packs of " Hatfield Hardwood Ham Steak " that we normally find locally at Wal-Mart's and Food Lion. In the Rochester, NY area they are available at " TOP'S ". Other brands of ham steaks are also just as good .....
- I buy A larger bone-in " J.F. Martin & Sons Ham Slice " ( see photo below )
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