Of course, this recipe comes from Chef Andrew Zimmern, who lives here in the Twin Cities and has made quite a name for himself as a food writer and TV personality. This soup is a variation on classic split pea soup, only it includes such interesting ingredients as kielbasa, caraway, fennel, and escarole.
I was a week late for the big football game, but Zimmern said he brings this to most tailgate parties he attends. I figured this would also serve as perfect fare for a snowy Sunday that featured a winter storm!
I ended up scaling down the recipe since this makes a lot of soup. For the most part, I cut the ingredients by a third. (So, two total cups of split peas, 8 cups of liquid, etc.)
|Green and yellow split peas - colorful!|
|Prepping the ingredients|
|Grandma Zimmern's Tailgating Pot of Love|
Also, I highly recommend the suggested condiments of hot sauce and white vinegar. Hot sauce is something I like in most any soup, and the white vinegar added an acidic lift that plays nicely with the sweetness of the peas. Give it a try.
Split pea soup fans will thoroughly enjoy. And, as I figured, it was a perfect meal for a snowy Sunday in Minnesota...
|Winter Storm Warning = perfect soup weather!|