British Pease Pudding
This is a classic British Pease Pudding recipe. An easy, side dish made with yellow split peas that are cooked with vegetables and smoked ham. Typically served on a ham sandwich, or as a side to a meat dish.
What is Pease Pudding?
Pease Pudding is not even a pudding, it is more of a paste (like hummus). It is made by cooking yellow split peas with a smoked ham hock or shank with vegetables, then blended or mashed.
Not to be confused with Mushy Peas, this is a native dish to the North East of England from the 14th Century that has its own rhyme. It has been dubbed as ‘Tyneside Pâte’, or Geordie Caviar which. Also, the name is not a typo, there really is an ‘e’ on the end of peas. Not sure why.
What is the Pease Pudding rhyme?
Pease pudding hot, Pease pudding cold, Pease pudding in the pot nine days old. Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot, nine days old.
Ham in Pease Pudding
Some recipes don’t call for the use of ham broth to cook the split peas, including my own mothers. Cooking it this way gives a great depth of flavor and once you try it this way, I think you’ll prefer it too.
The ham shank is only used to flavor the broth. Once you have used it, you can save it to use the ham for Ham & Split Pea Soup.
If you don’t want to use ham at all, simply skip steps 2, 3 and 4 of the recipe and cook the peas in plain water.
What do you serve pease with pease pudding?
Traditionally, Pease pudding is served in a sandwich roll (traditionally Stottie bread, see picture below) with ham or as a side dish with sliced ham. It can be served warm or cold. Personally, I like it warm or room temperature because the flavors are better which makes it portable for road trips and picnics.
Another dish served in the North of England is a British pork sausage called a Saveloy, a cooked sausage. It is like the British version of a hot dog that can be served with Pease pudding.
Additional serving suggestion:
Blend with chicken stock to make a smoky lentil soup.
In a sealed container, refrigerated up to 1 week.
Can you freeze pease pudding?
Yes, in. well sealed container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.