Traditional grey peas

There is some confusion about the naming of the grey pea. It is not the same as the field pea, but these two definitely resemble one another. The grey pea is also called the raisin pea. This might not be a total coincidence, as the grey pea is traditionally eaten in the North of the Netherlands at weddings with raisins, butter, bacon and syrup. This is my version of thid traditional dish and I am convinced that you, being a true bean lover, will appreciate it too.
Main Dish
70 Minutes
4 Persons


  • 300 g dried grey peas
  • 150 g raisins
  • 2 apples, in wedges
  • 150 g smoked bacon
  • 1 onions, in rings
  • 2 tbs apple vinegar
  • 5 tbs syrup
  • 1 tbs apple syrup
  • 40 g butter

To serve

  • fried potatoes


Preparation: Put the grey peas in cold water to soak for at least 8 hours.

  1. Cook the grey peas in fresh water until they are done, in about 1 hour, while checking every now and then.
  2. In the mean while fry the onions and the bacon.
  3. Fry the apple wedges in 20 grams of butter until they start to caramelise on bothe sides.
  4. Melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan and add the vinegar and both syrups. Stir until combined.
  5. When the grey peas are almost done you can add the raisins, allowing them to soften a bit before serving.
  6. Spread the bacon and the onions on a plate, together with the grey peas and the raisins. Pour some syrup sauce over and serve together with the fried apples.

Fried potatoes go very well with this dish.


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