So the other day, the question was, what foods can you absolutely not stand? After I stated my long list, I remembered that Kirk Spencer had regaled me with (and of course I shared with you) his recipes for Nasty Bits, all those animal parts you’d never think of eating. I reminded him of all of this and of course he had to come up with something equally nasty….and green, so I thought today would be the perfect day to share it:
Now one of the interesting things about this dish is that it is a great psychological warfare against certain types of boys. You know, the “I wanna gross you out” kids. You’ve got a pig’s nose cooking in a greenish liquid.
AT THE SAME TIME, it is an outstanding split pea soup. And in fact at its heart it’s pretty close to being the easiest split pea soup you can make.
You need a pig snout, a pound of split peas, and water. You can, if you wish, add the various things you think you need for split pea soup: leeks, onions, carrots, garlic, etc. But those are optionals for your flavoring bonus.
Split the pig snout lengthwise and put it in the soup pot. Add the split peas. Add enough water to cover by about an inch, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat till it only simmers, and let it cook till the peas are “gone” and you’ve got a thick green soup. You need to stir it regularly to prevent burning and mix things a bit, but it’ll take an hour to an hour and a half to this point.
Now it’s time to do more with the pig snout. KEEP READING….
Full disclosure…it’s not just the pig snouts that gross me out…it’s the split peas, too.