Floral SeparatorSmoky Ham And Split Pea Soup

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¾ teaspoon kosher salt 2 pounds smoked ham hocks 6 cups water ½ cup light sour cream

Layering peas, vegetables, and ham in a slow cooker, then adding water, creates a hearty soup.  

Cooking it on low for 8 hours allows flavors to meld

Once done, removing ham hocks and shredding meat enhances texture and taste. 

 Discarding bones and skin keeps the soup clean. Coarsely mashing the sou p adds thickness, with the option to adjust consistency by adding hot water. 

Stirring in chopped ham adds a savory element. 

1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed and drained 1 ½ cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potatoes 5 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped peeled carrot 1 large bay leaf


Finally, topping each serving with sour cream adds a creamy finish.