Creamed Peas with bacon are a delicious thick, creamy, and sweet pea side dish that compliments almost every meal. Perfect for a large crowd or holiday, you can find creamed peas a fantastic option to pair up with a variety of side dishes and at under 20 minutes to make, worth your time.
Creamed Peas with Bacon
Peas are probably one of the most underrated veggies.
For me personally, they are a favorite. I can eat peas cold in a salad, with simple butter and salt, or smothered in cheese and be quite happy. Sadly my kids turn their nose up at these green balls of goodness, but I have hopes at some point in their lives I may see them actually swallow one.
And while I may never convert my kids completely to my favorite green veggie, this old fashioned sweet creamed peas recipe is VERY enjoyable.
Creamed Peas Recipe
Creamy. Sweet. The bacon, obviously, is unexpected and delicious, as well as bringing a nice salty flavor to the dish.
With only about 15-20 minutes to make, this is a side dish that you can be proud of quite quickly and goes great with meals like beef stroganoff or really any pasta casserole. Creamed peas also make a nice left over side dish and warm up fantastic.
Main Ingredients for Recipe
- 1 bag, 16 oz. frozen peas – no need to thaw prior, but wont hurt the recipe if you have thawed peas
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped ( I buy pre-cooked bacon, you can add more bacon if you like)
How to make the Cream Sauce Recipe for Peas
- 1/3 cup half and half
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
Equipment Needed for Recipe
Recipe Note: Some people like creamed peas with onions or potatoes. Onions could be added quite easily at the beginning with the broth. Potatoes take longer to cook, so pre-make your potatoes, cut in 4ths and then add to your peas at the end.
Creamed Peas and Bacon
I find peas perfect to serve along side pork chops or baked chicken and is a pretty easy side dish recipe that can be doubled for a large holiday crowd. Because the peas have a nice sweet flavor and cream up perfectly, most kids love them!
How to make Homemade Creamed Peas
In a large cast iron skillet, add your broth, butter, and bacon. Heat until a slight rolling boil. Now add your peas to the skillet.
Bring peas to a boil in the liquid and stir everything together so the peas are coated in the broth.
Turn your stove top down to a medium-high heat.
In a separate bowl, whisk together half and half, flour, and sugar. This is the sweat cream in the “CREAMED peas.”
Stir your creamy mixture into the pan with the peas and bacon.
Now stir your cream well (I like to use a whisk), coating the peas and bacon thoroughly.
Continue to cook your peas over medium-high heat until the peas and cream begin to thicken and bubble, which takes approximately 5-6 minutes.
You will need to keep stirring to prevent burning.
If your stove puts off quite a bit of high heat, its OK to turn down when the peas start to thicken.
This creamed pea recipe serves 5 (according to the bag of peas), However, with the added liquid, I believe the could serve 6-8.
How Do you Thicken Peas?
Peas are so easy to thicken, just see below and I will walk you through the exact ratio of flour, butter and cream to thicken up your peas.
You simply create the sweet cream and add to the recipe and the heat will slowly thicken up and coat the peas.
How long do Creamed Peas Last?
They last 2-3 days tightly covered in fridge.
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