Pea Soup with Candy Bacon

Pea Soup with Candy Bacon

I remember the first time I had pea soup, I was 19 and it was in Amsterdam. Some food is just so good that you remember when and where you were when you eat it!
It was Dutch Pea soup, it was green and it was thick. I remember thinking why am I eating this green gooey stuff? But as I was hungry and social situation dictate that I should eat this soup, so I did (ie a sample menu).
To my surprised I loved the soup and have it every time I went back to Amsterdam.

This Pea soup however is nothing like the one I had in Amsterdam. Not because I do not like it any more but because I have no idea how to make it. I have tried a few recipes but it has never been the same. It was always missing something, so I gave up on trying making it.

This recipe is easy peasy (see what I did there?) and if you wish you can add ham in to it too. For this occasion I feel that it was enough with the candy bacon. I did not want to do double pork, I feel that it might be as bad as double denim.

Pea Soup with Candy Bacon
Pea Soup with Candy Bacon

I have served this soup both as a warming lunch and as a canapé. It has always received a glowing compliment. How can you not love it? It has candy bacon!!
So before soup season is over and we move on to salad, here is how you can make it.

You will need:
250g, potatoes about 1 large or 3 small – cut in to small cubes
1, onion – diced
50g butter
400g, frozen peas
600ml, stock – chicken or vegetable. It is up to you, I used chicken
300ml, semi-skimmed milk
Salt and pepper

For the candy bacon
250g, unsmoked streaky bacon – about 12 slices
3tbs, brown sugar
3tbs, maple syrup

Let’s cook!
Melt the butter in a thick or heavy base pot. Stir in the onion and potatoes cook on low to medium heat with the lid on until they are soft but not brown. Keep an eye on them and keep stirring. Add in the peas and stock and give it a good mix seasoned well with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Leave the soup to cool slightly then blend in a blender or using a hand held blender.
How smooth is down to you, I like it nice and smooth. Return the soup to the heat and add in the milk, if you are having ham and pea this is when you add in the ham. Taste, adding more salt and pepper as require. Cook for future 10 minutes then you soup is done.

Make the bacon by mixing together the bacon, sugar and maple syrup. Do this at the beginning of your prep, so that the bacon get to marinated in the sugar for a half hour while you are making the soup.
Preheat the oven to 190c. Place the bacon on to a lined baking sheets, you will need 2 trays. Cook in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. I normally do this as I leave the soup to cool for a few minutes. Once the bacons are nice and brown remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Little tip with the bacon they go from not brown to burn quickly because of the sugar so do keep an eye on it. And if you can try to remove the bacon from the tray as soon as you can too cool it on another plate. As the bacon cool it will stick to the baking sheets again because of the sugar.

Warning:
Bacon and sugar can damage your health so please eat this candy bacon responsibly.

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