“DON’T THROW OUT THE HAM BONE”! Words I’ve heard over and over growing up, mostly from mom. And she was right! This “leftover bone” packs so much rich flavor and is the main star of this soup.
My mom has instilled in me not to waste food, and with meat to use as much of the “animal” or “parts” as possible. It is truly amazing what “we” end up throwing in the trash, or in our case in the food recycle bin.
Most of this wasted food, especially chicken bones and ham bones, packs rich flavours for your favourite soups, stocks and broths. Instead of throwing them out, throw them in a freezer bag or vacuum sealed bag and freeze. You can pull them out whenever you need them
Ham with a sweet glaze is a traditional dish in our family, mostly around the Christmas holidays. We tend to cook a turkey one year, and alternate to a ham the next year.
I was going to attempt to “blog” the smoked ham (with my sweet orange marmalade glaze) I cooked last month, but I just didn’t have the time photograph with so much going on that day. I did manage to take a couple of quick photos (see below). Writing this post, I’m feeling the urge to cook another ham in the next coupe of weeks, and blog this smoky sweet dish. HAPPY FAMILY! Stay tuned my social media friends.
There is nothing like buying fresh from your local butcher. The butcher knows exactly what is in the meat, how it’s been cured, etc. For this recipe I purchased a smoked ham with bone in. No nitrates or preservatives, just pure goodness. Note, keeping the bone in helps retain moisture in the ham while cooking.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 1 hr 45 mins
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion or 1 bunch green onions – medium diced
2 carrots – peeled and medium diced
2 russet potatoes, peeled, medium diced and rinsed
3 cloves garlic – minced
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves – finely chopped
1 leftover ham bone – fat trimmed and discarded
2 quarts boiled water
2 cups split peas - rinsed
2 bay leaves
½ tsp coarse salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 ½ cups leftover ham – diced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Large pot or Dutch oven
Wooden spoon or spatula
Spoon (to skim off impurities)
Small spoon for tasting
Heat Dutch oven over medium heat
Add oil and onions – sauté and stir for 5 minutes or until translucent
Add onions, carrots, potatoes, garlic and thyme – sauté and stir for 5 minutes
Place ham bone in Dutch oven
Add boiled water and bring to a boil
Add split peas
Loosely cover and reduce heat to low, to a slow simmer – cook for 1 hr
Skim off any impurities once simmering
Add bay leaves, salt and pepper – stir
Remove ham bone
Add chopped ham – cook for 30 minutes or until desired consistency
Add salt and pepper to taste
Remove bay leaves
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Cook Well!Eat Well!