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Old Fashioned Split Pea With Ham Soup

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Ingredients
  Split green peas 1 Pound
  Water 2 Quart
  Meaty ham shank 1 Pound (1 Piece)
  Leeks 2
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Stalk celery 1 , sliced (Including Leafy Top)
  Chopped onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Potatoes 2 Medium, peeled, diced
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper white 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 1
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Dairy sour cream 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Poppy seeds 1 Tablespoon
Directions

Sort and rinse peas; place in a 4-quart pot.
Add water and ham shank.
Wash leeks thoroughly.
Trim, leaving 3 inches of green tops.
Cut leeks into 1/4-inch slices.
Melt butter or margarine in a skillet.
Add leeks, celery and onion.
Saute over medium-high heat until tender.
Add sauteed vegetables, potatoes, salt, white pepper and bay leaf to pot.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
Cover and simmer until peas are tender, about 45 minutes.
Remove bay leaf and ham shank.
Pull ham from bone; discard bone and bay leaf.
Dice ham; set aside.
Puree cooked pea mixture in a blender or food processor; return to pot.
Stir in milk and diced ham.
Cook over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
Ladle hot soup into individual bowls.
Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream.
Sprinkle poppy seeds over sour cream

Recipe Summary

Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Pork

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