Southern Style Lady Cream Peas Recipe

Recipe Category: Vegetarian

Southern Style Lady Cream Peas Recipe


Makes 6 servings

  • 1 pound dried lady cream peas, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 pound of pork tasso or smoked ham, chopped
  • 10 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Soak beans overnight to speed the cooking process
  2. Rinse and sort the peas and add to a Dutch oven or soup pot
  3. Add the tasso or smoked ham and the water; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour
  4. In a separate skillet, saute the onion in the butter until softened, about 5 minutes
  5. Add the garlic and cook another minute
  6. Transfer the skillet contents, including all of the drippings, to the pot
  7. Add all of the seasonings, except for the salt and pepper, and continue cooking uncovered for another 1/2 hour, or longer, until peas are tender and liquid has reduced to consistency desired
  8. Taste, season with salt and pepper only as needed
  9. Serve with a side of cornbread as a main dish meal over rice, or as a side dish with your favorite meat

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