Friday, August 7, 2009

Lady Peas - Season Southern Style and Stir with a Love Spoon - Bon Appetit Honey Child

Seasoned Lady Peas
Lady peas are smaller, sweeter, and more tender than most peas, but if you can’t find them, try their purple hull or black eyed cousins. Of course you can cook them any old way and enjoy, but this is a method used by many older cooks in the South. Stir with an old wooden spoon that's as well seasoned as your skilllet and you'll be sure to taste the love that went into cooking many meals for family and friends. Serve your lady peas with tomato relish and hot water corn cakes and you'll be saying ya'll come back soon ya hear! Bon Appetit honey child. . .
6 slices thick cut bacon
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
3 cups fresh lady peas or other peas (if frozen, do not thaw)
3 cups water
1 chicken bouillon
1/4 cup scallion, with green tops thinly sliced
Salt and white pepper to taste
Cut bacon into 1/3" pieces and cook in a heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp and golden, about 6-8 minutes.
Transfer bacon to a paper towel to drain. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat; add onions and cook over moderate heat until softened. Add garlic and cook, stirring for a couple of minutes. Stir in peas, water, bouillon and simmer, uncovered until peas are tender, about 30-35 minutes. Stir in scallions and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over rice and sprinkle with crisp bacon.

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heartnsoulcooking said...

I have a recipe like this but yours sounds better. The chicken bouillon is what makes it different. THANKS!!! Geri

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Libby, this sounds delicate, and lovely! I'm having a little give away, please join the fun.
xo Lidy

Char said...

they're my favorite! sounds perfect

bj said...

We cook our black eyes with ham but I will give your recipe a try. Sounds really good.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

This sounds delicious. I love just peas by themselves, so this shall be a real treat! Thank you.

Cucinista said...

Oh Lady Peas! My mother is from Louisiana, and every time we went back to visit the family we brought back as many bag of Lady Peas and Black Eyed Peas as we could. They remind me of summer and my grandmother.

Maria Killam said...

I adore the name of your blog! How great is that! And I love peas!

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Hi Libby,

Just letting you know I gave you a blog award over at my blog. You don't need to do anything -- just wanted to let you know I gave you a "nod"... :)


Life with Kaishon said...

This sounds too good to be true! I love good peas : )

Anonymous said...

My neighbor just got back from Alabama and dropped off a bag of Lady Peas - thank you for your recipe. We will enjoy these peas tonight!

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Libby, just discovered your wonderful blog, I shall give this a try it sounds delicious.

Ellyn said...

Thanks for the recipe as I was at a loss for one. I looked in several cookbooks and even at Allrecipes with no luck for a recipe. I should have known to go to Pinterest first. That is where I find all my real recipes! Southern ones!