Crowder Peas – the usual way

From the TasteofSouthern.com

3-4 cups of freshly shelled Oliver Farm Crowder Peas.
2 ounces of Pork Side Meat, Bacon or Salt Pork for seasoning.
1-2 Spring Onions.
1 teaspoon of Sugar.
1 teaspoon of Salt.
1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper

Instructions
Slice the meat seasoning and place in a saucepot over medium heat.
Rinse the Spring Onion under cool running water.
Slice the root end off of the Onion.
Remove the outer leaf of the onion.
Slice onion in half, line up pieces and finely chop or slice.
When done, remove the meat pieces from the pot but leave the grease.
Add about 2 cups of Water or just enough to cover the peas by about 1 inch.
Bring the water to a low boil.
Add the peas.
Add the onions.
Add Sugar and stir well.
Bring back to a low boil. Scoop off any foam that forms and discard it.
Cover and reduce heat to Medium-Low, let simmer for about 25-35 minutes.
Taste the peas for doneness, they should be done but not mushy.
Add Black Pepper.
Add Salt, stir well and continue to cook if needed until done to taste.
Chop the meat pieces and add to the peas.
Garnish with more freshly sliced onion if desired.
Serve warm and Enjoy!

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