Thursday, March 22, 2018

Caribbean Green Pea Soup

Peas and beans are a staple in Caribbean cooking, 
and find their way in stews, rice, fritters, and soups.

Today's tasty soup is from the kitchen of Chef Freda Gore, owner of Caribbean Culinary ToursThis recipe is made with green split peas however any other peas can be substituted.

  • 1 lb dry green split peas (soak peas overnight)
  • 8 oz pickled beef or smoked ham hocks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1 small green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 medium potato peeled and diced
  • 2 green bananas peeled cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large stockpot. Add peas and ham hocks reduce heat and simmer for 1 hr until peas are soft.

Remove ham hocks reserve, Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add garlic, onions, bell peppers, and saute for 5 mins until soft but with no color. Remove flesh from ham hocks discard bones and cut meat into small pieces, add to frying pan along with diced tomatoes, cook for another 4 mins. Reserve

Add the ham hock mixture to the peas along with the potatoes, bananas, and bay leaf season with salt and pepper cook for another 25 mins stirring frequently. Remove soup from heat and adjust the seasoning if needed. 

Recipe source
Chef Freda Gore - Caribbean Culinary Tours

Caribbean Culinary Tours now taking bookings for a 7 Day Caribbean Food, Wine and Rum Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

This culinary cruise is scheduled for December 16-23, 2018, and will visit ports of call in Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, and St Martin. 

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Happy Travels,

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