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Hernekeitto (Finnish Split-pea Soup)

5 Whole Allspice
6 c Water
2 c Dried yellow or green split peas
2 c Cubed fully cooked ham -or- 1 1/2 lb Smoked pork hocks
2 c Cubed potatoes
1 c Chopped carrots
1 sm Onion, chopped
1/4 ts Salt
1 ds Pepper

Wrap allspice in cheesecloth and tie with string to form a spice bag

In a large saucepan, combine water, peas, ham, and allspice. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Add potatotes, carrots, onion, salt and pepper. Return to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove spice bag. If using pork hocks, remove and cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones and coarsely chop. Discard bones. Return meat to soup.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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