CROCKPOT SPLIT PEA SOUP
16 oz pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
1 hambone, or 2 meaty hamhocks, or 2 c. diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 med. onion, chopped
2 stalks celery plus leaves, chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
1 1/2 qts. hot water
Layer ingredients in slow cooker, pour in water. DO NOT STIR. Cover
and cook on high 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas
are very soft and ham falls off bone. Remove bones and bay leaf.
Serve garnished with croutons.