Southern-Style Crowder Peas Recipe -
Southern-Style Crowder Peas Recipe

Southern-Style Crowder Peas

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"Delicious seasoned peas cooked with onions, peppers, bacon, and ham. A New Orleans style dish. Serve over rice."

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  1. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain and crumble. Mix onion and green bell pepper into the skillet, and cook until tender. Stir in peas and water. Season with garlic powder, thyme, bay leaf, and seasoned salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, until peas are tender.
  2. Mix ham into the skillet. Adjust seasonings to taste. Continue cooking 5 minutes. Stir in fresh parsley just before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 26, 2006

Delicious! Got some Crowder Peas at our farmer's market and found this recipe. I had no bacon or ham (although both would be great in this recipe) so I used 1 tablespoon butter. No bell peppers, so I added an anaheim pepper, also from the market. Instead of garlic powder I used a fat garlic clove. And I didn't crush the bay leaf but put it in whole & removed it when ready to serve. Great recipe and great seasonings. Thanks GLOKEY--it was just what I needed!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 20, 2013

not the flavor I was looking for.

May 08, 2008

Holy Moly! These were great! I have eaten crowder peas/purple hull peas forever but not like this. Didn't use the ham and didn't miss it. Used minced garlic and cooked my fresh peas for the first hour with a slice of uncooked bacon as instructed by my southern relatives. Saved in my recipes for use again and again. Thanks.

Dec 16, 2006

I am giving this 5 stars - because I do not want to ruin the rating - but I searched literally probably 40 stores by phone and in person and could not find crowder peas in my state (Utah). I bought all the ingredients and it was a tremendous let down. Anybody familiar with crowder peas - I would love a good substitue. I read you could use blackeyed peas but the flavor was much milder - which is kind of a letdown. I so want this to be authentic. Any ideas from any of you would be appreciated??

Jul 26, 2005

Wonderful. Full of flavor and easy to make. My 2 year old had 3 helpings!

Feb 16, 2010

I love some Crowder peas. I would say the thyme is not necessary though, just let the taste of the peas come through, please

May 16, 2008

This recipe was fabulous and I even made it wrong! I could not find crowder peas anywhere, so I decided to substitute black-eyed peas. Unfortunately I had everything ready to go and realized I did not have black-eyed peas. I used baby butter beans instead and it was still wonderful. I served it with yellow rice. A big hit. I will definitely add this to my menu more often.

Nov 09, 2011

I doubled the recipe (except for the water, kept that at 2 cups) and added a lot more ham, making this into a main dish. I had to use black-eyed peas because I couldn't find crowder peas. Very, very tasty! I will use this on New Year's Day for the traditional serving of black-eyed peas for good fortune in the new year. Thank you!


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  • Calories
  • 96 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 6.1 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 426 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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