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Purple Hull Peas With Ham


Purple Hull Peas With Ham

Purple Hull Peas With Ham

Photo: Diana Rattray
Serve this dish of peas with cornbread and sliced tomatoes for a perfect family meal.


  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 8 ounces ham, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups fresh purple hull peas
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Cook the bacon in a skillet or microwave until almost crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and ham and cook, stirring, until onion is tender and lightly browned. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the bacon, chicken broth, and peas and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 50 to 60 minutes, or until peas are just tender. Remove cover and increase to medium-low; simmer for 5 to 10 minutes longer. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
Serves 6 to 8.

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