03 January 2008

Ray's nearly famous Split Pea Soup

Chunks of left over ham
Ham bone
1-package of Pork Tasso (if you can get it)
1- onion
1-cup of carrots
1-bag of split peas
salt and pepper to taste

Take the left over ham and cut it into chunks. Cut the Tasso into chunks as well. If you can not get Tasso, salt pork or pickled meat will work as well. Put the ham and tasso into a large pot and brown. Add the onion when the meat mixture gets dry and continue cooking until the onion are caramelized.

I like to buy a frozen onion mix here in West Texas. It is called the Southwest mix. It has onions, green peppers, chilies and the like.

After the onions have caramelized, add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Put the ham bone in the pot and after the water boils, lower the heat and let it simmer for about a six pack.

Add 1 pound of split peas and carrots and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Make some grilled cheese sandwiches with french bread and you have a great meal. Enjoy.

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