Pea Balls

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Have you ever made pea balls? Good old Latvian dishes are good ideas for eating peas in a tastier way.

It is very important for Latvians to honor the traditions. As Latvians live according to the Solar calendar, every holiday in the year has an important ritual meaning. Just like the food that is brought to the table. Because holiday meals for Latvians have never been just simple eating. 

At Christmas, Latvians must put at least 12 dishes on the table and eat at least 9 times. 12 dishes symbolize prosperity and a good harvest in the coming year, and frequent eating means wealth. Have a rich year and let the eater become rich himself.

Christmas is the time when peas are eaten more often but let’s be honest – in some houses they are served on the table only on Christmas Eve to respect the old traditions.

But since there are roasts and sauerkraut, sausages, potatoes, bread, honey, pies and many other goodies on the Christmas table, simple peas with bacon often stay unnoticed . 

Therefore, it is time to give peas a better chance to be eaten!


  • 300 gr boiled peas
  • 150 gr fried bacon with onions
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • Hemp seeds


  1. Grind the pasty peas and fried bacon with onions in a meat grinder.

2. Mix ground peas, bacon and chopped tomatoes in a bowl. Add cream to make the mass more flexible.

3. Then make small balls, which you can wrap in hemp. Ancient Latvians used hemp seeds. They crunch pleasantly between the teeth, but some people don’t like it. Well, peeled hemp can be perfectly used for this purpose. They are sweet, soft, like nuts and they make the balls look great. If you can’t find them you can use sesame or crushed nuts.

And that is all! A perfect old recipe to make a great hearty snack.

Useful tip: Want to make the pea balls more tasty? Break away from the old recipe and add dried tomatoes.

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