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Clayton's Crowder Peas with Fried Chicken and Biscuits

Clayton’s Crowder Peas

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This family recipe was featured on the Crowder Peas bag for decades and is a favorite of Clayton Hayward, Ken Hayward’s grandson and 5th generation bean enthusiast. Cousin Clayton’s favorite Crowder Peas have a rich, hearty flavor and a dark pot liquor. Try them over rice, alongside fried chicken and biscuits.


  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Crowder Peas
  • 1/2 pound seasoning meat or 1/4 pound butter
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil (optional)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 toe garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons your favorite dried garden herbs or Camellia’s suggested Dry Herb Blend
  • Salt
  • Coarse ground pepper


  1. Rinse and sort peas.
  2. Cover peas with water, add meat or butter, simmer about 1 hour.
  3. Sauté onion and garlic in butter or olive oil, add to pot with remaining ingredients, cook 1/2 hour or until soft.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.

Ingredients used in this Recipe

garlic seasoning meat onions crowder peas dry herb blend