F&W's Marcia Kiesel credits split pea soup, one of her favorites, as the inspiration for this hearty stew. Like split peas, chickpeas need to simmer for a long time, making them great for a slow cooker.
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8 cups hot water
4 smoked ham hocks (2 1/2 pounds)
1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
3 large carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths
1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch dice
2 bay leaves
2 thyme sprigs
Three medium (6-ounce) red-skinned potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
In a slow cooker, combine the water, ham hocks, chickpeas, carrots, bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, Add the potatoes, cover and cook on low for 1 hour and 45 minutes, until the chickpeas, ham hocks and potatoes are tender.
Transfer the ham hocks to a large plate. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. When the hocks are cool enough to handle, remove the meat and coarsely chop it. Return the ham to the soup. Using a paring knife, cut the carrots in the cooker into bite-size pieces. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and mash to a puree. Stir the mashed potatoes into the soup along with the parsley. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently.
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Review Body: The timing is WAY OFF! It needs to cook on low for about 8 hours and definitely needs to be salt and peppered!
Date Published: 2016-09-22
Author Name: Joanna Claire
Review Body: I liked this recipe as a basis. I only used one smoked pork hock, cut the carrots up in the beginning as well as the potatoes. I didn’t mash the potatoes but I added about 16oz of potato leek soup I had made two days before at the end. It was really good! A nice change from chili. I will make this again, and I may add some thinly sliced kale.
Review Rating: 4
Date Published: 2017-11-03
Author Name: S. Russell
Review Body: I can't see the point in making this in a slow cooker. Ham hocks have to simmer for at LEAST 2 hours (stove-top) before adding anything else. Real time version would have the entire meal ready in about 3 hours, so why drag it out to an 8 hour production? Especially if you have to keep going in and stirring the pot, what's the point? Also, there's not much in this recipe that would make this anything more than hum-drum bland. I just bought a crock pot and really can't find any use for it. I can do in two hours what it takes a crock pot all day to do. Plus, I have to brown ALL meats & aromatic veggies before adding to the crock pot, which means dirtying yet another pan. Otherwise, you'll just end up with a pot of plain, boiled, anemic meat and vegetables....food for the frail and infirm. Uh uh honey, no thanks. If you really CAN cook, you don't need a crock pot. However, mine won't go to waste. I'm going to experiment with it for sous vide cooking.