Saturday, May 26, 2018
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio


Pea Soup with Serrano Ham

“This is a soup for late spring, when there is still a bit of a chill in the air,” Jose Pizarro writes about this easy recipe. “It’s best made with fresh peas but, since these quickly turn to starch, frozen ones — which keep their sweetness — are a thoroughly acceptable substitute.”

8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 shallot, diced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 quart chicken stock

28 ounces shelled peas

4 thin slices of white bread from a small loaf

4 thin slices of Serrano ham

Small bunch of mint, leaves stripped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Saute the shallot and garlic until soft and golden. Pour in the chicken stock, bring to a boil, and add the peas. Simmer for 4 minutes.

While stock and peas are simmering, you can start cooking the bread and ham. Heat remaining oil in a small frying pan until oil starts to shimmer. Slide the bread, 2 slices at a time, into oil and cook until golden on both sides. Remove and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat process with the ham — you want it crisp and browned. Use more oil if necessary.

Stir the mint leaves into the soup, then use a hand blender to process the mixture to a smooth puree. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, make 4 open-face sandwiches by laying a slice of ham onto each slice of toast. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and then, a bit like launching a paper boat onto a pond, gently float one ham-topped toast in each bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil over each serving.

Yield: 4 servings

Source: Seasonal Spanish Food by Jose Pizarro (Kyle, $32.95)

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2018 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…