One of my favorite comfort foods is pea soup. Growing up in a German house hold, it was one of my favorites. Mom served it often and put sliced hot dogs in it. When I mention it to pea soup lovers, I get the deer in the head light look.
While stationed in Germany for a few years, I had the opportunity to have it often. Good memories of a VolksMarsch. I did only the ones that offered beer mugs as an incentive. The cost was minimal. I collected a nice set of mugs. My favorite is the one that comes with a shot glass.
After the 5K hike through the woods, I would collected my prize, get some beer and feast on the food. The pea soup was always available and served with a Wurstchen (German Hotdog) and Brotchen (German roll). The Brats with curry ketchup was also one of my favorites.
I look forward to the holidays. Mom always sends me a care package with my favorites from Geirers Sausage Kitcken; Hot dogs, Brats and the best Fleisch salad (meat salad) along with all the extras. I’m good for a year. The hotdogs work well in any pea soup recipe; the perfect comfort food for those cold winter nights and reminds me of Germany. This is something every pea soup lover should try. Even if it’s a can of Campbell’s Pea Soup, add hot dogs
½ pkg bacon (diced)
½ diced onion
4 medium diced carrots
1 smoked ham steak (maybe 8 oz), diced
Salt, pepper and garlic powder
1 tbls butter
2 (1 lb pkgs) split green peas (not soaked)
1 – 2 diced or shredded potatoes if wanted to help thicken.
1 pkg hot dogs
In a large pot, fry bacon till crisp. Add butter, onion, carrot and ham, some salt and pepper too; sauté for a few minutes. Add water (Start with a 3 – 3 1/2 quarts water), peas and a couple tbls ham base. Cover and simmer till thickened, (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours), may need to add more water, ham base and seasoning to taste. I have added diced or shredded potato’s to help thicken if need; when done and seasoned to taste and add sliced hot dogs to heat through.
Like I said, Geiers Sausage Kitchen has the best Fleisch Salad. Next on the menu is Bratwurst with kicked up with mom’s sauerkraut recipe and boiled potatoes, or maybe Curry Wurst.
I’m not affiliated with Geiers Sausage Kitchen, just like passing on a good product for foodies that enjoy German food or something different.
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