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Scandinavian Smoky Pea Soup

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Ingredients
  Meaty smoked ham hock 12 Ounce (1 Piece)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onions 2 Cup (32 tbs), chopped
  Carrots 3 Small, peeled, finely chopped
  Carrots 3 Small, peeled and finely chopped
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, minced
  Yellow split peas 1 Pound, picked over and rinsed
  Chicken broth 12 Cup (192 tbs), defatted (Homemade)
  Ginger piece 1 Inch, peeled and lightly crushed
  Dill sprig 4
  Flat-leaf parsley 2
  Allspice 1 Teaspoon, ground
  Black pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon, coarsely ground
  Coarse salt To Taste
  Dill 2 Tablespoon, chopped (For Garnish)
Directions

MAKING
1. In a medium-size saucepan, keep ham hock and add cold water to cover.
2. Bring the saucepan to a boil.
3. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.
4. Drain and rinse with cold water.
5. Pat dry.
6. In a heavy soup pot, heat oil over low heat.
7. Add onions and carrots.
8. Stir and cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are wilted.
9. Add garlic and cook another 1 minute.
10. Add ham hock, peas, chicken broth, ginger, dill and parsley sprigs, allspice, and pepper.
11. Heat once more and bring it to a boil.
12. Cover the pot partially for further cooking.
13. Simmer over low heat for 1 1/4 hours; stir constantly.
14. Spoon out the ham hock and keep aside for cooling.
15. Separate the meat from the bones and return it back into the soup.
16. Remove and discard ginger, dill and parsley sprigs from the soup.
17. Adjust seasonings to taste.

SERVING
18. Garnish with the chopped dill.
19. Serve piping hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Pork
Interest: 
Healthy
Cook Time: 
122 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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