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Buttermilk-Lady Pea Soup with Bacon

From Statesboro Market2Go

<p>This recipe from Southern Living calls for Lady peas, but other field peas like Sadandy, pink-eye, and zipper peas can be substituted.<br /> Even served warm, buttermilk has a cooling effect on the palate, just right for summer meals.<br /> Goes well with <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>cornbread</strong></a>.</p>
Source: Southern Living (Entered by Market Manager)
Serves: 4

4 uncooked bacon slices, coarsely chopped
1 small shallot, minced
4 cups Cooked lady peas
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 tsp minced garlic

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tsp. drippings in saucepan. Finely chop cooked bacon. Sauté shallots and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat 2 minutes or until tender.
  2. Process 3 cups peas and 3/4 cup reserved cooking liquid in a food processor until smooth. Add pureed pea mixture, remaining peas, salt, and pepper to shallot mixture. Stir in buttermilk. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes. (Do not boil.) Stir in up to 1/4 cup cooking liquid, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Spoon soup into 4 bowls, and top with bacon.