20 Ways with Summer-Fresh Field Peas
Snap up some of our favorite recipes for field peas. With so many varieties, the options are endless!
Nothing says summer like fresh field peas from the farmer's market. Be sure to snap up these favorite recipes for Hoppin' John, Succotash, and Black-Eyed Pea Salad.
- For tips on buying, freezing, and cooking with field peas, read our Guide to Summer-Fresh Field Peas
Stuff zucchini shells with Lady Peas, onion, mushrooms, and tomato and top with bread crumbs and cheese for a colorful appetizer.
Recipe: Zucchini Stuffed with Lady Peas
For a great sauce, stir together 1 cup sour cream, 2 tsp. lime zest, 3 Tbsp. lime juice, and 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro.
Recipe: Lady Pea-and-Corn Patties
Even served warm, buttermilk has a cooling effect on the palate, just right for summer meals.
Peppery watercress fills in for traditional greens, and fresh peaches, cilantro, and black-eyed peas add fresh flair.
- Recipe: Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Crowder peas, also known as cowpeas, are hearty and packed with protein. Combined with sweet corn, chopped onions, and bell peppers, they make a great addition to this popular Southern side dish. Serve at a family barbecue or picnic on a warm summer day.
- Recipe: Crowder Pea Succotash
Quick and easy to make, these tasty appetizers feature polenta rounds topped with a warm mixture of black-eyed peas, diced tomatoes, and finely chopped onions. Before serving add a dollop of light sour cream and fresh cilantro.
Use those delicious heirloom tomatoes in a salad tossed with fresh lady peas, goat cheese, basil, and a lemon-herb dressing.This is a perfect cool, summer salad.
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad With Fresh Lady Peas
This Carolina Lowcountry dish pairs black-eyed peas with rice. The rice and beans are cooked slowly with bacon, fatback, or ham hock along with onion and salt.
- Recipe: Hoppin’ John
Serve this warm black-eyed dip atop cornbread crackers for a unique regional pairing.
- Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Nothing is quite as Southern, or as summery, as Hoppin' John. Serve it atop white cheddar cheese grits and you've got a truly satisfying Southern dish.
This dish truly does have peas o' plenty—black eyed peas, purple hull peas, crowder peas, and butter peas. Pick them up at your farmer's market for a great summer side.
- Recipe: Peppery Peas O' Plenty
Try this fresh take on Hoppin' John with fresh mint, parsley, and jalapeño peppers. It's the perfect side for any summer dish.
- Recipe: Hoppin' John Salad
Cooked in an aromatic broth with ham hocks and beer (sub chicken broth, if desired), these Mexican-inspired peas are as delicious on their own as they are with fried tomatoes or grilled steak.
A New Year's tradition, Hoppin' John is usually served hot, but this cool salad is perfect for a summer picnic or lunch, or as a side salad for grilled meats. Feel free to sub your favorite cooked whole grain instead of rice.
Recipe: Summer Hoppin' John Salad
This is our new go-to summer dip. Use any legume you like.
Recipe: Smoky Field Pea Hummus
Smoky ham hocks enrich the broth, yielding a delicious pot of field peas. Try smoking your own hocks--they will yield roughly double what you'll get from store-bought hocks.
Recipe: Classic Fresh Field Peas
You can make this recipe with limas or butter beans.
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Succotash
Perfect for anything fried, grilled, or fresh from the garden—it's just that good and easy; no special jars or canning required.
Recipe: Field Pea Relish