Field Peas and Ham

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My first taste of field peas was a few months ago at our local Dutch Oven Gathering (DOG) when my good friend Robin made a pot.  I will never forget loving every flavor-packed morsel I put into my mouth and thinking to myself, “How in the world have I missed out on this for so long?”  I love field peas!!!  After learning how to cook them I realized that the reason I love them is that they are very similar to pinto beans.  Same texture and flavor, and similar cooking process.  The main difference is that pintos have to soak over night before cooking but field peas do not.

Robin told me that field peas are a staple for southern cooking and is a crop that is grown to feed cattle.  When Dennis was a youngster, he would pick field peas from the side of the road in east Texas.  One time, a neighbor invited him to pick peas after the harvest.  He brought in a bushel that he sold to a grateful lady who paid him $5 – a fortune for young Dennis!

Turns out that field peas, which are legumes, come in many different shapes, flavor, texture, and sizes.  This article by Southern Living describes several different types of field peas, and shares some helpful tips about buying them fresh, freezing them,  and lots of recipes.  These legumes are a great source of protein, fiber, and potassium.Frozen crowder peas

I made purple hulled peas for our annual Dutch oven demonstration at Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth on the first weekend in January.  They were a huge hit and caught the attention of the Fort Worth Portrait Project.  Raul is a very talented photographer and creator of the project’s website and multiple social media platforms.  Check out the project’s Twitter feed, Facebook page, YouTube, and Instagram accounts, and you will see Raul’s amazing photos and interesting stories of leadership across Fort Worth.  The day after the demo at Log Cabin Village, Raul made field peas and loved them.  He inspired me to write this blog post – thank you Raul!!

Field Peas and Ham
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This simple recipe is easy to make and is certain to be a crowd pleaser at any Dutch oven gathering.
Servings Prep Time
10 hungry friends 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 hungry friends 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Field Peas and Ham
Print Recipe
This simple recipe is easy to make and is certain to be a crowd pleaser at any Dutch oven gathering.
Servings Prep Time
10 hungry friends 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 hungry friends 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: hungry friends
Instructions
  1. Fire up a chimney full of hot charcoal. Make a solid circle of charcoal to fit underneath a 12-inch camp Dutch oven. Place oven over charcoal.
  2. Add oil to hot oven to get hot before adding adding onions and celery. Sauté onions and celery in a 12-inch camp Dutch oven until vegetables are soft. Add garlic and stir for one minute.
  3. Add ham bone and frozen field peas.
  4. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Keep the pot simmering by replacing old charcoal with fresh hot coals as needed. The water will reduce as the peas soften. Because each hame bone or ham hock has a different amount of salt, taste before adding more salt and ground black pepper.
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2 Responses to Field Peas and Ham

  1. D. Clute says:

    Those peas you made at kVV were awesome.

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