LATVIA: Grey Peas, Bacon and Onion LATVIA: Grey Peas, Bacon and Onion

LATVIA: Grey Peas, Bacon and Onion

A traditional Latvian side dish for Christmas, it also formed a key part of my Christmas meal this year. Eating alone due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, I went all out creating a traditional Christmas meal. I used the recipe from Latvian Mom for my meal.

Grey Peas are hard to come by in Sweden, but luckily Fram Ekolivs Haga offers big sacks of them, as well as numerous other staples.

Leave the peas to soak for at least 8 hours.

Soak for 8 hours.
Soak for 8 hours.

Then drain the water from the peas.

Drain the water from the soaked peas
Drain the water from the soaked peas

Slice up the bacon and onions

Get everything prepared and pre-chopped
Get everything prepared and pre-chopped

Then boil the peas for about an hour until they're soft.

Boil the peas in water
Boil the peas in water

and once again strain them and set aside.

Once soft, some of the peas will have split in the water.
Once soft, some of the peas will have split in the water.

Fry up the onions and bacon until the bacon is crispy and the onions are golden.

Frying the onions and bacon
Frying the onions and bacon

Put the bacon and onion mixture on top of the peas and then serve as a side dish to whatever you wish.

Grey Peas, Bacon and Onion served with Christmas Dinner
Grey Peas, Bacon and Onion served with Christmas Dinner

Don't forget, every pea has to be eaten for luck.