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May 3, 2009 03:41 PM

Sugar snap peas

I got a big bag of sugar snap peas at the farmers' market this morning. Other than a simple stir-fry, what ideas do you have for enjoying these fresh snap peas? TIA.

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  1. A quick blanching with salted water and shocked with ice water. Then some sesame oil, soy sauce and it makes a great part of a crisp salad.

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    1. re: yimster

      Though blanching may be a very basic technique, I'm not sure about exactly how to do it. Can you be more specific, please? Do you bring water to a boil, add salt, drop in snap peas, and then immediately remove them from the boiling water, and then put them in ice water?

      1. re: Bzdhkap

        Well, I like to add a little oil and salt to the water when I start to water to boil. The salt flavors the vegetables while a little hold the color (in this case green). When the water comes to a roaring boil add the vegetables. Here is the hard part. How long do I leave the vegetable in the water, too long or not enough time then you do not get a good end result. That is trial and error. Not more than a minute at the most.

        Also depending on how much vegetables you are blanching you may have to do it in batches.

    2. The ones that make it inside get a quick blanch, a bit of butter, salt, pepper, and then they are inhaled. I love them! Oh, and you may have to "string" them.

      1. Try a toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and a little thyme or rosemary. Spread on a sheet pan and roast @ 400 for 5-10 minutes turning them once till there's some attractive brown spots.

        1. Raw and dipped in hummus, killer-good!

          1. I blanched them and tossed with an orange-ginger glaze. They were delicious.