Southern Field Peas

  • 4 cups fresh shelled field peas, any variety
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 ounces of salt pork
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 small whole okra pods
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Carefully wash and pick over the peas.

Put the peas in a pot and cover with water.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

The peas will throw off a lot of foam, skim off.

When the foaming stops add salt pork, oil and salt.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Place okra pods on top of the peas, cover the pot, and simmer another 15 minutes or until the peas are tender.

Taste carefully for seasoning.

The amount of salt you will need to add will depend on how salty your seasoning meat was.  

Serve hot with cornbread, fresh sliced tomatoes and a few slices of sweet onion.