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Purple Hull Peas With Bacon and Onions

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“My maternal grandparents from Mississippi always grew and served purple hull peas, so I enjoy memories of them whenever it is pea season. This recipe was a winner at the Emerson, Arkansas, PurpleHull Pea Festival & World Championship. I made minor alterations to suit our tastes. See for more recipe ideas.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 slice smoked bacon, chopped
  • 12 cup sweet brown onion, chopped
  • 12 small fresh jalapeno, minced
  • 1 lb fresh purple hull peas
  • 1 12 cups chicken stock
  • smoked salt
  • fresh ground pepper


  1. In a medium sauce pan, saute bacon for 2 minutes to release fat, then add onion and jalapeno. Continue to saute over medium heat until onions are caramelized and bacon is browned. To reduce calories, can pour off any rendered fat.
  2. Add peas and just enough chicken stock to cover the peas.
  3. Add smoked salt and fresh pepper to taste.Cover pan and simmer gently until peas are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve and enjoy!

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