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Peas and Salt Pork

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Category: Vegetables

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 lb Salt pork; cut into 1/4"
  • -dice
  • 1 Yellow onion; peeled, sliced
  • -thin
  • 1 pk (20-oz) frozen peas;
  • -defrosted
  • Fresh ground black pepper to
  • -taste


It was Mr. Jefferson who really got us into peas. He was so fascinated by
this legume that at one point he experimented with some fifty varieties.
This must have been a typical way of cooking them since it is a method of
cooking many vegetables in Virginia. In any case, when you have peas be
sure and remember Mr. Jefferson. He would love to be at your table with

The simplicity of this dish is what makes it so good. Salt pork was used
for richness, much the same way we would use butter now.

Dice the salt pork and blanch it for 1 minute in boiling water. Drain.
Heat a large frying pan and saut”š the salt pork just until clear. Add the
onion and cook until the onion is clear. Add the peas and stir all well.
Cover and cook until the peas are tender, about 8 minutes. Season with
pepper and serve.

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