|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||11%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||21%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pease pudding is a traditional British recipe hailing from northeast England. It is not a pudding in the dessert sense of the word but is a savory dish that is served with cooked meats, most commonly boiled ham or gammon (cured hind leg of pork). Cold, leftover pease pudding can also be fried.
A pease pudding is made from cooking yellow split peas into a lovely soft paste-like consistency. The dish is not unlike the famous mushy peas, also much loved in the North and made with dried marrowfat peas—though you would never fry mushy peas, as they are too soft and do not hold their shape.
Pease pudding is also known locally as pease pottage or pease porridge. This recipe comes from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's Gammon with Pease Pudding and Parsley Sauce.
"The Easy Pease Pudding was an easy preparation and came out nice and thick. The malt vinegar, butter, and seasonings delivered excellent flavor. I soaked the peas overnight, and they were done cooking within an hour, and I kept them on very low heat until most of the liquid had evaporated. They were perfect." —Diana Rattray
7 ounces/200 grams yellow split peas, soaked overnight in cold water
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1 carrot, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons malt vinegar
Sea salt and white pepper
1 1/4 tablespoons/20 grams butter, cut into chunks
Gather the ingredients.
Drain the soaked yellow peas and pour them in a saucepan.
Add the onion, carrot, and bay leaves, and cover with cold water.
Bring the peas to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer gently for an hour or until the peas are tender. Occasionally skim off any scum that rises to the surface.
Remove the onion, carrot, and bay leaves from the pan and add the peas to a blender. (You can also keep the peas in the current pot/pan and use an immersion blender.)
Blend to a thick puree, but do not over mix as the peas do not need to be smooth.
Pour the peas into a clean pan. Add the malt vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Gradually beat in the butter a cube at a time.
Keep the pease pudding warm until ready to serve. The pudding will thicken as it cools and thins again when hot. If the pudding becomes dry, add boiling water a little at a time, taking care to not make the pease too thin.
Serve with a thick slice of cooked ham or a gammon steak and parsley sauce.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.
- The peas are done when soft and most of the water has evaporated. Watch the peas carefully near the end of the cooking time and stir to prevent sticking.
- Skewering the onion quarters with a few toothpicks will make them easier to remove when the peas are done.
- To cook the peas, start with about 3 1/2 to 4 cups of water, or a depth of about 1 inch above the peas. If the water evaporates before the peas are done, add more in small amounts.
How to Store Pease Pudding
- Refrigerate pease pudding in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- To freeze, transfer the pudding to an airtight container or zip-close bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Cook the peas with a leftover ham bone or smoked ham hock.
- Add a clove of garlic to the peas.
- Remove only the bay leaves and carrot. Process or mash the cooked peas and onion together along with the malt vinegar, butter, and seasonings.
Pease Pudding Nursery Rhyme
In case you are in any doubt about the popularity of pease pudding, the traditional dish even has its own nursery rhyme.
"Pease pudding hot!
Pease pudding cold!
Pease pudding in the pot
Nine days old."