Grey Peas with Bacon Recipe: A Taste of Latvian Comfort Food

Dish recipes: Grey Peas with Bacon
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Grey peas with bacon, known as "Pelēkie zirņi ar speķi" in Latvian, is a classic dish that holds a special place in Latvian cuisine. This hearty and comforting dish features dried grey peas cooked until tender and served with crispy bacon pieces for a flavorful and satisfying meal. Embracing the simplicity and tradition of Latvian cooking, this dish is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its delicious taste and wholesome ingredients.


1 lb dried grey peas

6 cups water

1 onion, chopped

6 slices bacon, diced

Salt and pepper to taste


Rinse the dried grey peas under cold water and soak them overnight in a large bowl filled with water. The next day, drain the soaked peas and transfer them to a large pot. Add 6 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the peas, partially covered, for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until tender. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface. In a separate skillet, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess grease. Leave the bacon fat in the skillet. In the same skillet with the bacon fat, add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent and slightly caramelized. Once the grey peas are tender, drain any excess water and transfer them to a serving bowl. Add the sautéed onions and crispy bacon to the bowl of grey peas. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss everything together until well combined. Serve the grey peas with bacon hot as a main dish or side dish alongside your favorite Latvian accompaniments.


Grey peas with bacon is traditionally served hot as a main course or side dish. Enjoy it with a slice of dark rye bread and a dollop of sour cream for a truly authentic Latvian dining experience.

Experience the heartwarming flavors of Latvian comfort food with this simple and delicious grey peas with bacon recipe. Perfect for cozy family dinners or gatherings with friends, this dish is sure to become a new favorite at your table, bringing the taste of Latvia to your home kitchen.