Bahamian Peas and Rice

Submitted by: Donna Young
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Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: Five Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes or Less

1/4 lb butter
1/4 lb bacon
3 medium onions, diced
1 stalk celery
1 (5oz) tin tomato paste
2 fresh tomatoes, diced
1/2 can pigeon peas (or black eyed peas)
3 cups rice
4/5 quart water
2 sprigs fresh thyme or dried, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
hot peppers, to garnish
Cook butter and bacon until bacon is crisp. Add onions and celery; cook until soft. Add tomato paste and fresh tomatoes. Cook for 15 minutes. Add pigeon peas, water, rice and seasonings. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until rice is done. Hot peppers can be finely diced and served as a garnish so guests can add it to their food, according to their taste.

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