Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Oh, man. I get food-excited pretty often, but I have a special love for all the components of a Thanksgiving dinner. I love it so much that I usually want to have the same exact meal in the same exact proportions a second night. Also: open-faced turkey and gravy sandwiches. Also: all of the pie.
If the leftovers just keep hanging around, though, I can get on board with repurposing them. And if your Thanksgiving includes a ham (or if it didn’t, you can probably get one at a good price this week!), you can make thick, hearty, hammy, and and oh-so-photogenic split pea soup!
My mom has been here this week, and she’s the master of snuggling the baby, playing with the three-year-old, folding our laundry, and helping in the kitchen – all while throwing the tennis ball for Lucy 1,000 times a day. This is her recipe, and I got to take some action shots while she made the soup!
It starts with a ham bone (if you have one – you can also make the soup without and it just add cut up ham pieces, but the bone adds a salty richness that I love). We let this one simmer for a couple of hours on its own, but you can add it along with the veggies if you’re in a hurry!
The ham bone comes out, and the veggies and split peas go in!
We were able to pull a lot of meat off of the bone to add to the soup – a little over 2 cups – but you can also just cut some up from leftover slices!
The peas break down and get really soft – almost like the soup has been pureed. You want to check it occasionally to make sure it’s at a low simmer and stir it more frequently toward the end since it will get thicker and more likely to stick to the bottom of the pot (not that I know this from experience or anything).
The soup is thick and tasty with mild sweetness from the peas and salty richness from the ham, and it’s full of tender carrots and lots of your good Thanksgiving ham. Delicious!
If you’re looking to use up your other leftovers, I’m feeling very inspired by these cheesy mashed potato puffs from The Kitchn. And this milkshake from Blogging Over Thyme that has a piece of pumpkin pie in it? I’m thinking Jay and I can talk each other into that. And of course, you can use turkey just like you would a rotisserie chicken – give my spicy chicken soup a try! What’s your favorite way to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers?