Despite it’s unfortunate color, split pea soup is a family favorite. I like to change it up a little sometimes, this time with the addition of fresh corn and a smoked turkey leg instead of a ham hock or bacon. Everyone loved it, this one is a keeper. The turkey leg had more flavor and meat than the tradition ham hock, and it was actually less expensive.
Smoked Turkey and Split Pea Soup
1 smoked turkey drumstick found by the ham hocks and ham steaks at my meat counter)
1 cup of sliced carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1 c chopped celery
1 c fresh corn removed from the cob (about 1 ear)
1 lb dried split green peas, washed and picked through for debris
2 garlic cloves
32 0z chicken broth
1/4 chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika
1 -1 1/2 c water
Prep all ingredients.
add all ingredients except water to a large crock pot
Cover and cook for about 3 hrs on high or 5 hours on low. Peas should lose their texture and soup should be thick. Remove turkey leg and pick meat off bones and add back to the soup. Check soup for any bones that may have come off the leg during cooking and remove. Add water if needed to reach desired consistancy. Stir and heat through.