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Fresh Cream Peas (Instant Pot!)

Fresh Cream Peas (Instant Pot!)

When we arrived in Pensacola, the farmers at the market downtown were dealing with the August heat, which means we were pretty much limited to okra and jalapenos.  We bought a lot of both but were very excited to see what fall would bring.  After our trip yesterday, we were thrilled!  We bought enough collards to elicit some judgement from the vendor (coming soon!) but I also couldn't resist some fresh cream peas, which we haven't had since we had our CSA in San Antonio.  

Of course, I immediately knew I wanted to use my Instant Pot and save myself and hour to an hour of a half of simmering on the stove.  I was excited to get a good recipe on the first try, which will be part of a delicious southern veggie dinner later this week.

You will need:

  • Cream peas (fresh, rinsed, probably around a pound)
  • Bacon, 5 thin slices, sliced into lardons
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bay leaves (I used four)
  • Water

This recipe was very simple, and I find that all good bean recipes are.  Using the Instant Pot sear function, I was able to make the entire dish in one pot. Remember, this lazy cook hates dishes, one reason she loves her IP!

  1. Turn on the saute function of the IP and add a little oil.
     
  2. Drop in the bacon and cook until about halfway rendered.
     
  3. Toss on the onion and cook with the bacon.
     
  4. Once the bacon is rendered, deglaze.  I used water, but you could use a broth or stock.  Scrape up all the delicious brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
     
  5. Add enough water to cover the beans by about an inch.  Add the bay leaves, salt, and a lot of fresh black pepper.
     
  6. Turn off the saute and hit the manual butten.  Set the time for 4 minutes and close the valve.
     
  7. When the timer goes off, allow it to stay on the keep warm method for 20 minutes, then use the quick release.  I like to hit the valve into the open position with a long cooking spoon to avoid burning myself.  It add a bit of ceremony to the peas. 
Bacon and onions working together.  My favorite smell in the world!

Bacon and onions working together.  My favorite smell in the world!

Deglazed and ready for the lid to be locked and loaded!

Deglazed and ready for the lid to be locked and loaded!

Taste for salt and to make sure they are cooked.  I let them cool and then removed them with a slotted spoon and reserved some of the juices.  Yum!

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Alton Brown's Baked Beans (Instant Pot!)

IP Pork Dish #4: Pork Enchiladas (with homemade sauce)

IP Pork Dish #4: Pork Enchiladas (with homemade sauce)