Classic Fresh Field Peas

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Classic Fresh Field Peas
Smoky ham hocks enrich the broth, yielding a delicious pot of field peas. Try smoking your own hocks--they will yield roughly double what you'll get from store-bought hocks.

 

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

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1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons bacon drippings
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups shelled fresh field peas (about 1 lb.)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preparation

Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 10 Minutes

1. Bring hocks and 2 qt. water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.

2. Meanwhile, sauté onion in hot drippings in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 6 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add peas and onion mixture to Dutch oven with ham hocks; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until peas are tender. Remove hocks; drain peas, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Remove and chop ham from hock bones; discard bones. Stir ham into peas, if desired.

Created date

June 2014