How to Make Dutch Split Green Pea Soup With Smoked Sausage
The Dutch homemade split green pea soup is a typical winter treat in my country. When the thermometer falls below zero, it's time to make this delicious main course soup, which contains nutritious vegetables, potatoes and the famous Dutch Smoked Sausage.
Split Green Peas
In the old days, you had to soak the green peas overnight in water, but today, that's not necessary anymore. You can buy a small package of green split peas or a large one. When stacked dry, they last a long time.
Not every smoked sausage has the right flavor for this typical Dutch winter soup. In my country, we use the "Unox Gelderse Rookworst" (Unox Smoked Sausage), but it appears that it's not available anymore in the USA.
A viable alternative in the USA is the Turkey Kielbasa sausage. For those in the UK, try the Mattesons Smoked Pork Sausage. According to the internet, the flavor of both seems very close to the original Dutch one.
- 0,5 lb split green peas
- 1 small bag of pre-cooked potatoes, or peel 4/5 potatoes
- 1 small bag of cutted mixed vegetables
- 4 cups water
- 1 ham bone, or any other meat to make a broth
- salt, to your taste
- pepper, to your taste
- 1 smoked sausage, or two if you think one might be not enough
- 1 big pot
- 1 wooden spoon to stir
- Put the Ham Bone in the water and season it with salt, pepper and whatever you want to use to make a good tasty broth, or you can just use a ready made broth.
- Let it simmer for about 1 to 2 hours.
- Take out the meat and cut it in small pieces.
- When the broth is ready, throw in:
- all the split green peas, the potatoes and the vegetables.
- Let it boil and then turn the heat low and let it simmer for about 2 hours until the peas get all soft.
- Don't forget to stir reguarly, or the peas will burn to the pot.
- When it is all mushy, stir it firmly
- Cut the smoked sausages in small pieces and put them in the soup.
- Add Pepper and Salt to your own taste.
- Add water if the soup turns out to be too stiff
- Put some butter on a slice of rye or black bread and put some cheese or bacon on it.
Split green pea soup is ready and thick enough when the spoon stays upright
A Typical Dutch Winter Soup
Have you ever tasted split pea soup with smoked sausages?
A typical Dutch tradition during ice skating time
Bisquits and Booze - Koek en Zopie
Biscuits and Booze is the literal translation of the Dutch term Koek en Zopie. Since the 18th century food and drinks were sold in little stalls on the frozen rivers or ponds during ice skating time. The tradition still holds today, although we don't have the long icy winters anymore as we used to have. Ice skating is a cold pastime and there's nothing better than to have the opportunity to warm oneself from time to time.
Until the 19th century a mixture of bock and rum was served, but nowadays it's mainly hot chocolate or mulled wine and split green pea soup with smoked sausages among other things. Establishments on land and also on the water were bound by strict laws as far as the booze was concerned, but there was no specific law for frozen water, so as long as the ice was strong enough for the stalls, they were left alone.
I Hope You like My Dutch Split Green Pea Soup
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