Normally the words mushy and peas (or any dish) don’t usually go together because who wants to eat mushy peas? Most of us eat peas that are juicy and plump but this is a traditional British dish where you want the peas mushy and they taste so good (ask any Brit they will tell you).
In typical British fashion, different regions of the country have their own take on them. Sometimes served on their own as a snack, with mint sauce. In Scotland they like them soupy with vinegar served in a bowl.In the North (where I am from) they are usually seen accompanying fish and chips or a savory meat pie. Last week I made minced beef and onion pies, a classic British savory favorite made with ground beef, onions and lots of delicious flavors nestled in a flaky pastry (my go-to comforting meal).
Because the peas are dried they have to soaked in boiling water overnight. Not a lot of work involved, just time. The peas soak in a nice hot tub with baking soda while you get your beauty rest and they are ready for cooking. The next day, they get simmered in salted water for about 20 minutes and you have perfect mushy peas. They’re good for you too. Whoever said British food is not healthy?
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Dried peas are cooked with salt until they get mushy. A British classic side dish.
- 9 ounces dried Marrowfat peas
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
To a heatproof bowl, add the peas and baking soda and cover with boiling water and soak for 12 hours. After 12 hours drain and rinse the peas.
Add the peas to a saucepan and cover with water and add salt. More salt can be adjusted after cooking.
Bring to a simmer (do not allow to boil) and cook for 20 minutes stirring often until they are mushy. If you like them on the wetter side, stop cooking now. Cook longer for dryer peas