Purple Hull Peas From Emerson, AR
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This southern peasant food is easy to prepare, and quite delicious. If you like black-eyed peas, you'll love creamy purple hull peas even more.
Recipe type: side dishes
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 5-6 cups shelled purple hull peas
  • 6 oz. centercut smokey bacon (use a good brand)
  • Salt to taste
  1. Cut bacon into inch size pieces and lightly brown in a dutch oven or deep saucepan. Do not drain bacon grease.
  2. Add washed peas and enough water to cover plus one inch.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons salt. Boil over medium heat until tender (about 45 minutes).
  4. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  5. Serve with hot, buttered cornbread.
I make mine vegetarian. I add onions, omit the pork and use half water and half vegetable stock to cover the peas. I like to chop my onions big so I can pick them out. I don’t like onions, but I like the flavor they impart. If you like onions, a finer chop than you see above would be good so you can bits in your peas. I also add pepper and a few pinches of red pepper flakes to mine.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 198 Total Fat: 1 g Total Carbohydrate: 36 g Sugar: 5.64 Dietary Fiber: 11.1 Protein: 13 g
Recipe by Recovering Vegan at https://recoveringvegan.com/purple-hull-peas-southern-peasant-food/