Homemade Split Pea Soup

Let’s be honest any bean really goes good with pork. Some peas are an accommodation to pork as well. Today I decided to make split pea soup for the first time at home. I’ve made it for restaurants several times but never at home. I wanted this dish to be so good everyone in my house would eat it. So I figured fresh food would make it best.

I put some fresh cut ham hocks, and pork neck bones from the supermarket in a frying pan. I seared these bones in olive oil until crispy brown.

Then I put them into a saucepan. In the same oil left after searing in the frying pan, I sautéd some mire pox, peppers, and garlic, until carmilized nicely brown. I added bay leaf, spices, salt, and pepper for flavor. Once carmilized I added vegtables to pork bones in saucepan. I discarded all grease.

I then turned saucepan on medium heat. I added 5 quarts water and a bouillon cube. You can use pork, or vegtable bouillon and bring to boil for 30 minutes. Then add beans, or peas, and bring back up to 5 quarts of liquid by adding more water. Bring to boil again 30 minutes. Once done add salt and pepper and serve.

I never knew fresh ham hocks and neck bone could be so delicious in soup. I usually use smoked meat for soup but the supermarket was sold out. THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF USE WHAT YOU GOT, TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. Cooking is using what you have and making it taste good. Fresh food goes a long way.

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Pot Roast

One of my favorite dishes that reminds me of the home in my heart is pot roast. This meal usually takes time to make so most people forfeit enjoying it. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make a pot roast dinner with trimmings in under 1 1/2 hours.

  • Heat a frying pan, or skillet large enough for your favorite roast on medium high. You can use London Broil, Brisket, or Chuck Roast.
  • Season your meat with salt, pepper, spices, and a drizzle of olive oil on both sides.
  • Poke both sides of your meat with a fork.
  • Sprinkle flour on both sides of meat.
  • Place meat in heated pan over 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Cook until steak is browned and flip to cook the other side. Approximately 7 min both sides.
  • Place meat in a pyrex baking pan with carrots, peppers, celery, onions, and potatoes.
  • Add 2 cups beef broth to frying pan, or skillet, and scrape up pan drippings from browning the meat.
  • Pour one cup of this over meat in pyrex baking pan.
  • Cover pyrex pan with meat, and vegtables with foil.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour, then remove foil and bake 20 more minutes.

While your meat is baking in the frying pan sauté some green beans. At the same time you can put some potatoes in the microwave to make mashed potatoes. This meal only takes 30 minutes to prepare in total, included in 1 hour 20 minutes cook time. To make it faster put all your vegtables you like and potatoes in pyrex pan when roastin meat in oven. Great food does not have to be a hassel to make.

Turkey Carcass Soup

The good thing about soup is you can use whatever you have on hand. No matter where you are you can make a good soup. After holidays most people have carcasses and bones full of meat left over from meals they have prepared. Why not put them to good use. Soup tastes great and warms anyone’s heart through their palate.

I used a turkey carcass. However lamb, beef, veal, and chicken, fish heads, or any other protein work as well. I boiled the carcass then simmered it for 1 hour. Add your favorite herbs like bay leaf, thyme, sage, or parsley.

Removed it from the pot, and removed all the meat that was left from it. Strain the broth, and set the meat and broth to the side.

While it’s boiling chop all the vegtables you want to add in. Chopping was to much work for me though so I used a food processor and pulsed the vegtables to the size I want. I’m making turkey barley soup so I wanted the vegtables small to medium dice. Use what you like such as onions, peppers, celery, carrots, garlic, or potatoes.

In a clean pot sauté your vegtables in olive oil and a little butter. Make the vegtables sweat and add meat and broth as soon as they begin to caramelize. Let everything simmer about 20 minutes. Then add your starch of pasta, rice, or grains.

After you cook your starch in the soup another 8 to 10 minutes. Chop up some fresh herbs of parsley, or scallion. Add them to the soup stir and your done. Quick and easy. The food processor makes things easier to prepare. It also cuts down your prep time.