39. Suh-Mokin’! Split Pea Soup

I think "Suh-mokin'!" was a Jim Carrey line. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective? Horton Hears a Who? God forbid, Fun with Dick and Jane?

Other ways this soup is related to Jim Carrey:

  1. In The Mask, Jim Carrey's alter ego was green. This soup is also green.
  2. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jim Carrey's character undergoes a procedure to eliminate memories of his former relationship. This soup will eliminate (or, at least, alleviate) memories of other, perhaps less tasty, split pea soups you may have had.
  3. In Man on the Moon, Jim Carrey played Andy Kaufman, who found some notoriety as an "inter-gender wrestling champ." This soup can be enjoyed by both men and women, as well as those who feel no particular affiliation with either gender.
  4. In Batman Forever, Jim Carrey played The Riddler, and Val Kilmer played a not-very-good Batman. This soup would also play a not-very-good Batman.
  5. On* "In Living Color," Jim Carrey played a number of characters, including the hapless pyromaniac Fire Marshall Bill. If one were to leave this soup cooking on the stove and then go for a week's vacation, one would probably set one's house on fire.

Anyway… the decidedly green, blessedly Jim Carrey-free recipe:

Split Pea Soup with Smoked Ham Hock
Serves six to eight-ish; freezes well; you should oughtta double it.

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 smoked ham hock, about 3/4 lb. (I suppose you could use an unsmoked one, but the flavor will be so much better if it's smoked that you should really take the time & effort to seek one out.)
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups stock
1 pound green split peas
2 bay leaves
3 small dried red chilies
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp spicy Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is barely tender, about 5 minutes.

Add ham hock to pot. Cook, turning as needed, until browned (yeah, it's smoked, so it'll be kind of hard to tell) on all sides (about 2 minutes per side). Add garlic; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute more.

Add stock, split peas, bay leaves, chilies and salt. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until everything is very tender and peas have fallen apart, just about 1 hour.

Remove ham hock from pot; set aside to cool while soup continues to simmer, uncovered. Shred meat from bone using fingers and/or fork. (I didn't really want to wait for the meat to cool and hence burned hell out of my fingers. Consider yourself warned.)

Stir shredded meat back into pot. Whisk in mustard, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Taste and correct salt and pepper as needed. Serve at once.

*Why are actors "in" movies but "on" TV? Discuss.

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About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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One Response to 39. Suh-Mokin’! Split Pea Soup

  1. Herm says:

    I loved Eternal Sunshine. And I love pea soup. Another commonality!

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