French canadian pea soup
French Canadian Vegetables Soups Peas
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Title: French canadian pea soup
Categories: French can, Soups, Vegetables
Yield: 1 servings
1 lb Dried peas
8 c -Water
1/2 lb Salt pork-all in one piece
1 Onion, large;chopped
1/2 c Celery;chopped
1/4 c Carrots;grated
1/4 c Parsley; fresh,chopped
1 Bay leaf;small
1 ts Savory, dried
-Salt and Pepper
"Newfoundland Pea Soup is very similar, but usually includes more
vegetables such as diced turnips and carrots, and is often topped with
small dumplings. This soup is very good reheated.. The most authentic
version of Quebec's soupe aux pois use whole yellow peas, with salt
pork and herbs for flavour. After cooking, the pork is usually
chopped and returned to the soup, or sometimes removed to slice
thinly and served separately. Instead of fresh or dried herbs, herbes
salees (herbs preserved with salt) are often used; they are available
commercially or made at home.
Pea soup remains a popular dish in restaurants where tourists enjoy
a true taste of old Quebec. In some variations, a little garlic,
leeks, other vegetables or a ham bone are added for flavour. For a
thicker consistency (though this is not traditional) a cup or two of
cooked peas can be pureed then returned to the soup."
Wash and sort peas; soak in cold water overnight. Drain and place in a
large pot; add water, parsley, salt pork, onion, celery, carrots,
parsley, bay leaf, savory and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil; reduce
heat and simmer until peas are very tender, about 2 hours, adding
more water if needed. Remove salt pork; chop and return to soup.
Discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS: SOURCE: "The First Decade" chapter in _A Century of
Canadian Home Cooking_ by Carol Ferguson and Margaret Fraser
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