“Sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” George Burns
I love pea soup, but as a person trying to cut down on carbs I had to find an option. It was like trying to have an affair where no one would get hurt. I didn’t think it was possible. And then, this sweet little recipe came into my life.
My concern with this recipe, other than my husband finding out that he was eating a bunch of veggies instead of split peas, was where to buy the smoked turkey legs. That’s the first ingredient. Not a problem. The store where I generally shop had a bunch. Wait. Do turkey legs come in bunches? Something to ponder while I surf the web.
Which leads me to another train of thought created by my over-caffeinated mind. When my friends ask me what I did I just tell them I went surfing. Oh, wait, again. I live in the midwest and there’s a foot of snow on the ground. Forget that idea and get on with the recipe. Start with a BIG pot.
2 smoked turkey legs
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups of water
2 t chicken bouillon granules or chicken powder
16 ounces frozen cauliflower
16 ounces frozen green beans
S&P to taste
optional small onion, carrot, stalk of celery, diced – I did these
Place the turkey legs into the pot with the broth, water, and bouillon. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until the meat is falling off the bone, at least an hour. Remove the turkey legs to a large plate and dump the rest of the ingredients into the magnificent broth that you’ve created.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the veggies are tender. That will take about 30 minutes. Puree the soup with an immersion blender. Adjust seasoning. Add a dash of xanthan gum, perhaps a teaspoon or so, to thicken the broth.
Now the fun begins. It’s time to remove the meat from the bones and cut the meat into bite-sized pieces, or so the recipe said. Let me divulge right here and now that smoked turkey is not a tender meat. I had to wrestle the meat from the bones. And in line with my contrary nature, I put the chunks of meat into my Ninja chopper and minced it. Perfect!
What I love about this recipe is the great flavor. It tastes just like split pea soup. Also, it makes a lot and it freezes beautifully.
Also, again, I put plastic bags with portions of the minced turkey into the freezer and use it in omelettes and quiches. I am so clever. I’ll have to remember to tell my husband that fact! Perhaps he’s already noticed.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.