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Dad’s Creamed Peas & Pearl Onions

While I was growing up, it was our family tradition to make creamed peas with pearl onions for every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. My dad was not a happy camper if he didn't see this dish on the table. It was his favorite! I made it for my own family while our kids were growing up, and now my daughter makes this dish for her family. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 5 cups frozen peas (about 20 ounces), thawed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen pearl onions (about 9 ounces), thawed and drained
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup salted cashews


  • In a large skillet, combine the first 7 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until onions are tender and most of liquid is evaporated, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Top with bacon and cashews.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 322 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 7g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Dawn
    Jan 4, 2021

    I prepared this recipe on 1/1/2021. I'd used thyme leaves which I crushed and cooked 10 to 15 minutes! This is a delicious side dish! I must admit that I'd added a leftover RICE recipe combined with leftover cooked chicken TO the recipe to stretch it!

  • Katy's mom
    Nov 19, 2020

    Another great recipe to try during this pandemic, when most of us are eating in every night. I used half sour cream and half heavy cream. Also used pecans instead of cashews (it's what I had on hand). It was seriously delicious.

  • Corwin44
    May 10, 2020

    Delicious! I cut this recipe in half b/c I was only serving three. I used 12 oz bad of peas, almost half a bag of (12 oz) pearl onions. I did use the full amount of seasoning and added rosemary. I used One 1/4 cup sourcream and 2 tablespoons cream. It was really good. I served with homemade fried chicken, Mac and cheese, and melon. I usually make my fried chicken with greens (collard or mustard) but my husband hates greens and really liked these peas.

  • wendy
    Dec 26, 2019

    This is a very nice side dish. Made it for Christmas. Only used three cups of peas. Substituted sausage crumbled (frozen), add them in with the main seven ingredients. Also not a big fan of sour cream, but I did have some in the house, so I used half sour cream and half regular cream. Turned out great. Made it in advance and warmed up later in a 350 oven for a little over 20 minutes. Thank you for sharing.

  • April F
    Nov 26, 2018

    This recipe is so delicious! I made this for a Memorial Day cookout, and there was almost nothing left of it after everyone ate their fill. The only trouble I had was finding the frozen pearl onions, but wow are they delicious. It was worth heading to a second store to find them. I highly recommend this and am planning to make it again.