Ok, so I realize I just might be the only person crazy enough to make split pea soup post Memorial Day, but I had to get that Easter Ham bone out of the freezer to make room for popsicles and ice cream.
Here is what I did:
I defrosted the ham bone that was from a spiral ham- it still had some chunks of meat clinging to it.
I sauteed some onions and celery.
I added the ham bone, 1 can of chicken broth, some salt and pepper, sauteed onions/celery, a bag of dried split peas (2 cups??) to the crock pot and then filled it with water. The ham bone was 95% submerged, and the water I filled to about 1 inch below the top of the pot.
I turned pot on low and let it cook over night, about 10 hours.
When I woke up, I couldn’t resist going down and “checking on it”, I lifted the lid, gave a stir and I had instant, perfect split pea soup!
I fished out the bone and bigger meat chuncks with a slotted spoon, diced up the meat and added it back to the soup.
At lunch time I made homemade croutons- sauteed some stale bread cubes in olive oil, seasoned with parmesan cheese and garlic powder and added them to the top of my bowl of soup! It was so good!