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How to Cook Field Peas With Snaps

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Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."
How to Cook Field Peas With Snaps
Fresh field peas ready to be hulled. Photo Credit dontree_m/iStock/Getty Images

Field peas are a type of Southern pea and are actually legumes. They have a long history in the South as a replacement for more expensive meat because they are high in protein and other nutrients. The most common method of cooking field peas is by boiling them with some sort of pork. Fresh field peas with snaps are more flavorful than dried peas, but both taste delicious and are simple to cook. Serve over rice, greens or eat them plain.

Step 1

Prepare dried peas by placing them in a large pot, covering them with water and boiling them for one minute.

Step 2

Remove the pot from the heat source, cover it and let it stand for one hour. This will soften the peas.

Step 3

Drain the peas well and set them aside.

Step 4

Heat vegetable oil in a medium pot and then toss in the cubed ham. Brown the pork in the oil.

Step 5

Add the field peas, vegetable broth, pepper, garlic, onion and any other seasonings to the pot.

Step 6

Cover the pot and simmer for about one hour, or until the peas are tender. Serve hot.

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