Split pea soup with frozen peas added - how to modify recipe?
I had a delicious split pea and fresh pea soup with a ton of smoky pork a few weeks ago, and I'm trying to imitate it. I havr a ham hock and plenty of split and frozen peas- should I make the standard split pea recipe and toss in fresh peas toward the end of cooking? I don't think I can get the recipe for the soup I had.
Should we assume that the soup you had was not a pureed blend but incorporated whole peas in the serving of soup?
There is, of course, more to split pea soup than peas and roasted pork. You may want to consider using a carefully limited amount of liquid smoke to the soup (add it a little at a time to avoid overpowering your dish) even though you've roasted the ham hock.
I would suggest melting some butter in a large pan and sautéing some chopped leeks and onions over medium low heat until they're tender, then adding some chicken stock and bringing it all to a boil before adding your fresh peas, cook until they're tender and then add the frozen peas and cook for another 5 minutes.
Then I'd puree the mixture until smooth, add seasoning and taste test, stir in the ham pieces and return to a simmer over low heat and continue cooking 8 - 10 minutes before serving.
You could add packaged split peas at the initial phase but they can be expected to take longer to cook.