Crowder Pea Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

Cornbread is a traditional accompaniment for field peas; cornmeal dumplings echo that tradition in this stew.

Yield: 5 servings (serving size: about 1 cup stew and 3 dumplings)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 292
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 8.4g
  • Saturated fat: 2.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.8g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 52mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 675mg
  • Calcium: 167mg


  • Stew:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh crowder peas
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Dumplings:
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. To prepare stew, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Add celery, salt, and mushrooms; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth, peas, oregano, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes or until peas are tender. Add tomatoes; return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf.
  2. To prepare dumplings, while stew is simmering, combine cornmeal and next 4 ingredients (cornmeal through sugar) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in buttermilk, butter, and egg; let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into stew to form 15 dumplings. Cover and cook 15 minutes. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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