Day 17 of my 8 week #PantryChallengeI was supposed to make my Honey Butter Chicken tonight, but I’m kinda over fried food right now. I decided to make Split Pea Soup instead! Some people love it, some people hate it, but all I’m saying is give peas a chance! I normally use ham hocks, but they’re buried somewhere in the depths of my chest freezer. However, the last of the turkey carcass from thanksgiving was right on top! You can use store-bought stock, but if your stock doesn’t gel when it chills then you have meat flavored water.
InstaPot Creole Split Pea Soup
Servings: 5 Cooking Time: 9 Hours
- 1/2 of a Turkey Carcass (bones/neck/skin/organs)
- 8 cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning
- Liberal pinch of Salt and Pepper
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 16 oz. Split Peas (no need to soak them)
- 1 cup Carrot; chopped
- 1 cup Potato; cubed
- 1 cup Celery; Chopped
- 1 cup Onion; chopped
- 3 cloves Garlic; minced
- 1 Tablespoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- 1 Tablespoon Parsely; chopped
- 1 Bay Leaf (yes, another one)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Add the turkey to your InstaPot and pour in the water, Tony’s, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Add the lid and seal the vent. Select the “Soup/Broth” feature and increase the time to 40 minutes.
- Once the stock is done, release the pressure. Let it takes as much time as it needs. Forcing the lid off while it’s still pressurized is VERY dangerous and can lead to severe burns! Treat it like it has severe PMS. Just back away slowly and let it sort itself out.
- Once it’s cooled its heels and is no longer hissing at you, remove the lid and use a slotted spoon to transfer the turkey bits to a large bowl. Cool for 10 minutes, then pick off any of the meat that was still desperately clinging to the bones. Place the hapless meat back in the InstaPot along with the new bay leaf, chopped veggies, peas, herbs and seasonings. Keep in mind that like most starches, split peas absorb a lot of salt. Add a liberal pinch now, then taste and season accordingly when it’s finished cooking.
- Select the “Slow Cook” feature and set the timer for 8 hours. Go to work. Go to sleep. Solve a mystery with your friends and a stoned Great Dane. You do you, just be back in 8 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!