*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                         SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH SORREL
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       tb           Sweet butter
    2       md           Onions -- roughly diced
    1       md           Carrot -- roughly diced
    2                    Celery stalks -- roughly diced
    1       t            Finely minced garlic
    1 1/2   c            Dry split peas
    6       c            Chicken stock or water
                         -OR low-sodium chicken broth
    1       sm           Ham hock -- -ÿÿ
    6       oz           -Cooked ham or bacon
    1                    Lemon, cut in half
    3       bn           Fresh sorrel
    1       c            Whipping cream
                         Salt and pepper -- to taste
   IN A STOCK POT, over low heat, melt the butter and add
   the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Let the
   vegetables cook, stirring, until limp, about 15
   minutes, being careful not to brown. Add the split
   peas, stock, ham hock and lemon and bring to a boil.
   Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or
   until the peas are completely soft. Remove the ham
   hock and the lemon. Add the sorrel and cream. Transfer
   to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
   Strain through a fine sieve. Taste for salt and pepper
   and adjust as desired. Serve this soup piping hot or
   well chilled. NOTE: If the soup is chilled, thin it
   with an additional cup of stock, low-sodium broth or
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