A wonderful side-dish for any southern-style-meal. Goes great with cornbread and fried pork chops!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the purple hull peas into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, add okra if using and boil for 2 minutes, stirring twice. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the bacon, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer until tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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Cooks Note

You can use dried peas for this recipe but will need to prepare them for cooking according to the package directions. Black-eyed peas can also be used if purple hull peas are not available.

Nutrition Facts

193.9 calories; protein 8.3g 17% DV; carbohydrates 20.3g 7% DV; fat 9.2g 14% DV; cholesterol 12.9mg 4% DV; sodium 526.3mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
I alternated by leaving out the sugar and waited until the last 10 minutes to add the okra. I like mine to still be whole and with a little firmness. The smaller the okra the better. Goes well with pork loin, pork chops and cornbread! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2011
Just picked purple hulls are the best. If you live in the south you can get them at local farmers market, road side stand or friend/family garden. Fresh tender baby okra pods are best. I leave out the sugar, baking soda and sub ham for bacon. Occasionally add some chopped onion to pot and top with chopped fresh ripe tomatoes/green tomato relish. Server with hot, buttermilk cornbread(stone ground white cornmeal) and fried chicken or pork chops. Comfort food from childhood. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2011
Just picked purple hulls are the best. If you live in the south you can get them at local farmers market, road side stand or friend/family garden. Fresh tender baby okra pods are best. I leave out the sugar, baking soda and sub ham for bacon. Occasionally add some chopped onion to pot and top with chopped fresh ripe tomatoes/green tomato relish. Server with hot, buttermilk cornbread(stone ground white cornmeal) and fried chicken or pork chops. Comfort food from childhood. Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2012
I alternated by leaving out the sugar and waited until the last 10 minutes to add the okra. I like mine to still be whole and with a little firmness. The smaller the okra the better. Goes well with pork loin, pork chops and cornbread! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2011
Awesome flavor. Did not use okra, otherwise I followed the recipe. Fresh peas rule! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2014
Almost gave it four stars because I only put a teaspoon of sugar in them and they were plenty sweet enough. I didn't get to my greenhouse yesterday to pick my okra so today they were 8 and 9 inches long. They grow so fast here that they were still tender and flavorful so I used them. This is my new favorite side dish. My 96 year old father who compares all my cooking to his mom's said "Hey these are really good." and came back for seconds. That's like winning the Pillsbury Cook-off. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2012
I used fresh purple hull peas from my garden. I also use more sugar like 1/8 cup. This is VERY good. I use Tony's more spice for the seasoning. At times I use a drop or two of liquid smoke. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
I've had purple hull peas before and didn't like them. My in laws planted a huge garden this year and have a bumper crop of them. With much encouragement I picked a mess and prepared them using this recipe no changes. Yes you guessed it I love them! My mother -in-law is tickled pink she didn't want to be the only one harvesting this crop! Thanks for the recipe:)) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2011
Delicious without the okra! Don't know about with the okra. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2014
Used fresh purple hull peas bought at the farmers market. Followed the receipe exactly except left out the okra - don't like slimy okra! Peas were fantastic and yummy! Served with cornbread grilled pork loin roast fried okra and fried tomatoes....yummy summertime vege dinner! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2012
These are good but need much more salt. I used Splenda instead of sugar. Read More
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