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Monday, April 28, 2014

Mississippi Purple Hull Peas

These are my favorite type of peas.  Typically referred to simply as "field peas" in the South, I can make a meal from a bowl of these and some hot cornbread.

1 pound of frozen purple hull peas
water to cover by about 2 inches
4 slices bacon, diced OR 1/2 cup cubed ham or 1 ham hock
salt and pepper to taste

Bring peas and water to a boil over medium high heat in a large Dutch oven or cast iron pot.  If you're using a ham hock, add it now.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cover.

Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Add diced bacon or ham and let simmer for another 1/2 hour or so.

Add water as needed.

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