I scoured the internet for a good recipe for authentic British Mushy Peas. Eventually I combined several recipes to make my favorite version with the perfect flavor and texture. You can find a version of authentic British mushy peas in your favorite English pub or eatery.
AUTHENTIC BRITISH MUSHY PEAS serves 6
9 ounces dried marrowfat peas
2-3 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups homemade chicken bone broth OR 1 1/2 cups broth + 1 1/2 cups water
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons butter, to taste
- Dissolve the baking soda in boiling water.
- Place the dried marrowfat peas in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them so they’re covered by at least 3 inches of water. Give the peas a stir then leave them to soak for at least 12 hours.
- Drain and rinse the peas and place them in a pot with broth.
- Bring to a SLOW boil, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low.
- Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the desired consistency is reached.
- Once the peas have fully broken down add the salt and pepper. Continue to simmer with the lid off until it thickens to your liking. (see notes)If the peas are too thick, add a little water.
- Adjust seasoning to taste adding more if needed. Once the peas are done they will start to thicken the longer they sit.
- Top with butter pat if desired.
- They can be reheated by adding a bit of water, but are really best the first day.
- Simmer time will depend on the particular crop and the age of the peas.
- Marrowfat peas are larger, have a higher starch content and the best flavor and texture than other dried peas and are best for traditional mushy peas.