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Mushy Peas is a very thick paste of peas made from dried Marrowfat peas. It is particularly popular in northern England and in Ireland.
Mushy Peas are good as a side for pork pies, or fish and chips.
At Fish and Chip shops, they are often formed into a small disk, then battered and deep-fried. Or, simply sold to you on the side to be eaten with a fork out of a small Styrofoam cup.
You can buy cans of them already made up; just heat to serve.
The next day, you drain the soaked peas, then simmer them in fresh water until soft, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Season at the end of cooking with salt, pepper, and a bit of butter. Some people like to also stir in a bit of mint sauce. Packets of them may include a mint flavouring tablet.