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Lady Peas Cooked in Pork Stock

Serves: 6 to 8
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Smoked Pork Stock
2 pounds cured and smoked pork shoulder, sliced or whole
1 gallon water

Lady Peas
4 cups shelled lady peas
2 1/2 cups Smoked Pork Stock (above), or substitute vegetable or chicken stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


To make the pork stock: Rinse the pork shoulder and combine it with the water in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Cook, covered, at a full simmer, until the stock develops a strong smoked-pork flavor, about 2 hours.

Strain and discard the pork shoulder (it will have rendered all of its flavor). Cool the stock completely, then refrigerate until needed.

To make the lady peas: Carefully wash and pick over the shelled lady peas. Discard any that are damaged or buggy. Put the peas in a pot and cover with the smoked pork stock. Bring to a boil over moderate heat. At this point the lady peas, like all field peas, will begin to throw off a significant amount of foam. Use a slotted spoon to remove the foam, and discard.

When the liquid stops foaming, reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook, covered, until the peas are quite tender but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Taste carefully for seasoning, and adjust as needed with salt and pepper. Serve hot with some of the cooking liquid to moisten.


Per serving (based on 6): 146 calories (percent of calories from fat, 12), 8 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 2 grams fat (trace saturated), 1 milligram cholesterol, 107 milligrams sodium.

Smoked Pork Stock, per 1/2-cup serving: 69 calories (percent of calories from fat, 66), 6 grams protein, no carbohydrates, no fiber, 5 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 30 milligrams cholesterol, 18 milligrams sodium.

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