Ironically, I consulted Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, hoping not to disappoint and sabotage Mother Unit's valiant imagined rescue attempt, I figured the water/broth ratios on their split pea soup would help me modify Mother Unit's version for a crock pot. Her recipe was so mammoth, it needed to be reduced (a lot) just to fit in a crock pot. I decide to add in 1 Tbls of brown sugar, since day old holiday hams usually have brown sugar glaze bits on them. I also tossed in a bay leaf.
During a follow-up call, she swears this recipe is so good, non vegetarians love it and gasp in amazement that it isn't a post holiday meaty ham bone laden meat fest. On second thought, she confesses, she might have imagined this response. Suddenly, I have a flash back to a very strange diet she was following in 1979 that gave rise to this soup. I remind myself that, so far, all of my main dish losers have been successfully redeemed with a follow-up sugary success. If this turns out badly, my fall back plan is redemptive crock pot caramel apples.
Winner, Loser or MehExceptional. I love this soup. Thanks to the Mother Unit. I tasted it before adding the brown sugar and after. I think it needed the brown sugar. The whole leftover holiday ham split pea soup experience is had with the brown sugar. I could swear I was gnawing on tiny bits of ham. I had a small bowl at the 12 hour mark which was okay, but not perfect. I then left the lid off for about on hour while it stayed on low. Then, it was perfect and thick. I also didn't take out the celery spiked with cloves. As the day went on, I kept going back for small bowls of the soup, it got better and better.
RecipeI used a large round crock pot for this. A medium would have worked, too.
- 1 cup dried split peas
- 5 cups vegetable stock (I used Pacific Organic)
- 2 cloves garlic or 1 tsp chopped garlic (I used Christopher's in a jar)
- 1 small yellow onion, peeled, finely diced
- 1 handful baby carrots, finely diced
- 2 stalks celery (with a few leaves), finely diced, except leave one 3" chunk
- 3 whole cloves - poke cloves into 3" celery chunk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- l/2 tsp. cumin
- l/2 tsp. curry powder
- 1 small bay leaf
- 1 Tbls brown sugar