Dutch Pea Soup. Made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork, this delicious Dutch pea soup is traditionally served on New Year's Day in the Netherlands but is also enjoyed throughout the fall and winter months. This soup is not a starter but a substantial meal, our favorite winter soup!! When cold the soup should be thick enough to slice, if not you did not make a good pea soup, (that is what my mother always told me!) Traditionally served with pumpernickel bread.
It is traditionally eaten in winter, either prepared at home or bought at a stand on a (Christmas. Pea soup is a Dutch institution and a national treasure. Like the British Sunday roast and the American Thanksgiving dinner. You can have Dutch Pea Soup using 10 ingredients and 6 steps. Here is how you achieve it.
Ingredients of Dutch Pea Soup
- It’s 10 oz of green split peas.
- It’s 1/2 of celeriac, pealed and cubed.
- You need 1 of carrot, pealed and diced.
- You need 14 oz of pork chops.
- It’s 3 1/2 oz of smoked bacon, cubed.
- Prepare 7 oz of leaks, sliced.
- It’s 8 oz of cooked smoked pork sausage.
- It’s 1/2 bunch of fresh celery leaves, chopped.
- It’s 1/2 bunch of parsley, chopped.
- Prepare 1 of salt and pepper.
We're not talking about some namby pamby first course soup here, daintily decorated with a sprig of parsley and a swirl of cream. Snert (also know as Erwtensoep), is in fact, the Dutch word for traditional pea soup. This classic Dutch winter staple is a hearty meal in itself. There are endless variations on this dish and family recipes all tend to differ slightly.
Dutch Pea Soup step by step
- Wash the split peas..
- In a large pan, bring 1 1/2 litters water, the peas celeriac, carrot, pork chops and bacon to boil.
- simmer for 1 1/2 hours until the meat is tender..
- add the leaks the last 15 minutes.
- slice the smoked sausage. remove the chops from the soup and take the meat of the bones..
- return the meat to the pan and add the herbs, smoked sausage, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 10 more minutjes, stirring occasionally.
The W in erwt ('pea') is not pronounced. Snert is a mild Dutch slang word for 'pea soup' – also found in snertketel – a large cooking vessel for pea soup, like on Navy ships. This word 'snert' also can also be an adjective or a prefix, meaning 'bad' and/or 'useless' like in snertkerel ('bad or useless guy.') You may notice that the three 'E's in 'snertketel' and 'snertkerel' are each. Thick split pea soup, filled with peas, carrots and topped with smoked ham. This classic Dutch recipe is cosy and delicious.