- YIELDS | 4 SERVINGS
- PREP TIME | 10 MINS PLUS SOAKING
- COOK TIME | 1 HR 20 MINS
My husband’s family is Latvian. We recently visited this charming and resilient country and were served this savory and delicious dish. A traditional Latvian recipe, it is served during Christmastime and is said to bring good luck in the coming year. The gray peas have a wonderfully nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture, and the addition of caramelized onion and bacon are undeniably delicious. This is an ultimate comfort food dish.
Double Duty Recipe: These peas can be used as a side dish or a main dish. Serve warm leftovers with toast and sunny side up eggs for a warm, gooey and delicious breakfast.
- 1 cup big gray peas, pigeon peas, or black eyed peas
- 8 ounces smoked bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Plain, low-fat Greek yogurt as condiment, optional
- Soak peas overnight to shorten the cooking time.
- Bring the peas to a boil in salted water, and then reduce to a simmer cooking for roughly an hour. Taste along the way to be sure they don’t over cook. Drain and set aside.
- Over medium heat in a large frying pan, add the oil and chopped onion. Cook the onion until golden brown and slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.
- Add the chopped smoked bacon to the onions and cook until slightly crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
- Add in peas and stir until well combined and warmed through.
- Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, and add a dollop of plain, Greek yogurt, if using.