These delicious zipper peas (aka cream peas) are what I call a “soul food side dish” that you’re likely to find only on the table of true Southern cooks.
Zipper peas (aka cream peas) are a “Southern pea” belonging to the “black eye” and “pink eye” pea family. They derive the name zipper because the peas pop out of a pod that looks as if it has been unzipped.
Southern style zipper peas are cooked with bacon, which of course makes them rich, smoky and savory. Turkey bacon could be used for those watching fat grams.
You’ll find fresh zipper peas in Farmer’s Markets in the South, and there is nothing like them! The smell, texture, and taste hearken many of us back to our childhood days around Grandma’s table.
When fresh peas aren’t an option, frozen zipper peas can be almost as delicious. I make the frozen ones quite often, and they are absolutely divine. They are found in the freezer case where vegetables are located. The most common brand I’ve seen is the one pictured below.
When I cook zipper cream peas, I make a large batch so that we will have leftovers for several days. I love them so much that I will heat leftovers and eat a bowl or two for an afternoon snack or for lunch. It must be the country girl in me:-) #passthepeasplease
The peas shown in the photos are cooked from frozen. I served them with pot roast & carrots, sour cream & chive mashed potatoes, fried okra, creamed corn, and sliced tomatoes.
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Make any or all of the above dishes, fry up some okra in a cast-iron skillet, and you will not believe your taste buds. Your family will rise and call you blessed!
If you try these, do let me hear back from you! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!