Southern Field Peas O’Brien


Down south we call them Black Eyed Peas, but the fancy schmancy name is Field Peas. I like to be fancy schmancy. Technically they’re different peas but to me they’re all the same. All I know is that they’re delicious and I eat them a lot!

Here is a tasty and healthy recipe!

FACT: Did you know that 1 Tbsp of Bacon Grease has the same amount of calories as 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil? About 115 calories for each. Butter comes in the lowest at 100 calories for 1 Tbsp. So don’t think you’re being all low-cal by using Olive Oil. Its all the same folks, so bring on the BACON!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 strip of Bacon
  • 2 cups of Field Peas
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp Creole Seasoning
  • 2-3 cups of chicken stock

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Using a pair of scissors, cut the bacon into small strips. You could do this with a knife but I find that scissor make the job much easier. They don’t have to be perfect. Fry the bacon until crisp.

Step 2: Once the bacon is nice and crisp stir in the onions and peppers. Fry them in the bacon grease until the onions are sweating and the peppers have softened a bit.

Step 3: Stir in the Field Peas. I like to use Today’s Harvest Field Peas w/ Snaps. They come in the freezer section and I add them right to the pot still frozen. If you can’t find this brand at your super market they will probably have some kind of frozen field peas (or black eyes peas) and they are very easy to prepare right from the freezer so I highly recommend going this route.

Step 4: Cover the peas just to the surface with chicken stock. You don’t need to drown them, you just need enough to cook them down. All the liquid is going to cook out.

Step 5: Add the seasoning. I like to use S&P of course and a little bit of Tony Chatchere’s creole seasoning because it has a nice kick and there’s nothing else like it. I call it Chatch 🙂

Cover the pot and let the peas simmer for about 30 minutes on medium/low heat (About a 4 on my stove). Give it a stir every now and then just to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. You know its ready when the peas are tender and all the stock has absorbed. Enjoy!

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