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lilgi Jan 4, 2011 01:54 PM

Any t & t peas recipes out there that will make us change our minds about sweet green peas? Wouldn't mind using what I have leftover from yesterday's paella :)

  1. kosherfoodies Jan 10, 2011 06:09 PM

    brown some meat (short ribs, veal, meatballs, whatever), remove from pot. sweat a diced onion and some garlic. add peas, 1/2 cup water, some cumin, allspice, aleppo pepper and salt, put the meat back and cook for a couple of hours. had this for dinner tonight with flanken. mmm.

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    1. re: kosherfoodies
      c oliver Jan 10, 2011 07:40 PM

      With all that flavor, how could you tell there were any peas in it? Oh wait, I just read that you then cooked the peas for two hours. You REALLY don't like peas, do you? :)

      1. re: c oliver
        kosherfoodies Jan 11, 2011 12:19 PM

        hey, don't knock it 'til you try it!

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      haiku. Jan 9, 2011 07:35 AM

      I've made the pea hummus posted on SeriousEats (with half an avo in there) and it was a big heat with even the pea haters! Try it out.

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      1. re: haiku.
        lilgi Jan 9, 2011 08:56 AM

        Haiku, hummus on my nay list :(
        I know so many people like this though.

      2. Funwithfood Jan 8, 2011 08:16 PM

        I didn't like peas either, until I tasted the warm pea puree crostada at Jar in L.A. Yum!

        1. c oliver Jan 8, 2011 07:36 PM

          I've read this thread twice and still don't know what "t&t peas" are. ???

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            lilgi Jan 8, 2011 08:00 PM

            haha, sorry tried and true recipes :)

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              c oliver Jan 9, 2011 06:47 AM

              Thanks. I kept looking at that but it just wouldn't come to me and no one else was asking :)

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                Jay F Jan 9, 2011 07:33 AM

                I use this wonderful little acronym looker-upper: http://www.acronymfinder.com/T%26T.html (I had no idea what "t&t" meant, either).

                And my easiest, most favoritest thing to do with frozen peas is make a cream soup. I cook the peas with water, (very little) onion, (optional) curry powder, salt. I strain the peas and run them through the Cuisinart, then finish with cream (or yogurt) and mint. I don't throw out the cooking liquid in case I want to use it to dilute and/or add flavor.

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                  c oliver Jan 9, 2011 09:26 AM

                  Thanks for that link. I wasn't even thinking acronym but should have. That soup sounds really good and I always have frozen peas and frequently have 1/2 and 1/2.

                  1. re: Jay F
                    ChristinaMason Jan 10, 2011 05:34 PM

                    fresh or dried mint?

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              chefathome Jan 8, 2011 05:49 PM

              Do you like pea shoots? They are fun thrown into salads and such - you can get them at Asian supermarkets.

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                lilgi Jan 8, 2011 06:46 PM

                I'm sure I've never seen them but I wouldn't be surprised if Fairway by me has it so I'll check it out :)

                1. re: chefathome
                  alpidarkomama Jan 8, 2011 10:11 PM

                  I LOVE pea shoots. Raw, anyway. If you cook them, they get tough and stringy... :)

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                    chefathome Jan 9, 2011 10:08 AM

                    So true. I wouldn't cook them. Their flavour is definitely "pea" but more subtle. They are also different than the usual and so darned cute!

                  2. re: chefathome
                    darklyglimmer Jan 9, 2011 08:29 AM

                    We love pea shoots - much more than peas! Our winter CSA has them sometimes. I like them in a salad w/parmesan shavings and pomegranate arils. In fact, I have all of the above in the fridge right now . . .

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                      lilgi Jan 9, 2011 08:57 AM

                      So many things on my "to try" list lol. I'll get there eventually :)

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                    Breezychow Jan 8, 2011 04:00 PM

                    Peas are great (& healthy) to toss into anything. I add them by the handful to fried rice, stirfries, egg foo yung, Indian curries, any mixed vegetable combo - if you don't care much for them, you don't have to use a lot at a time. Just throw them in here & there.

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                    1. re: Breezychow
                      lilgi Jan 8, 2011 05:45 PM

                      Breezy, you just reminded me that now and then I make Chinese rice and I can toss some in here too. Peas make such a colorful addition to these kinds of mixed rices!

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                      pasuga Jan 8, 2011 03:36 PM

                      I have a friend who couldn't stand peas in any form until she was at a dinner where she couldn't afford to offend the host (business reasons) and he served a fresh pea soup that she surprisingly just loved. She said it was a very simple pureed soup and he put a dollop of creme fraiche on top.

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                      1. re: pasuga
                        lilgi Jan 8, 2011 03:50 PM

                        I'll bet I could eat that np ;) It's he rest of my crew that worries me.

                      2. lilgi Jan 7, 2011 05:12 PM

                        I backed out of making the peas so I couldn't report anything back. I think we just don't have the palate for the spices in some of the more seasoned and prepared dishes, and placing peas with food that I like would bring my dish down lol.

                        I didn't try them raw either, oh well, I guess if we only ate them in paella it wouldn't be a terrible thing. I'm saving the recipes of the dips/spreads :) Thanks again!

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                        1. re: lilgi
                          greygarious Jan 8, 2011 06:27 AM

                          Perusing a back issue of Cook's Country this morning, I saw an article about peas. It said that fresh peas taste mealy if not consumed the day they are picked. No news there, but it also said that frozen peas are harvested, COOKED, and frozen on the same day. I had no idea that frozen peas are pre-cooked. No wonder they are delicious when merely thawed.

                          When I was little, I wasn't nuts about my mom's pressure-cooker cooked frozen peas, but craved the peas in Swanson's TV dinners. She liked them too, but never figured out what made them so good. Only decades later, when I got my first microwave and didn't nuke the frozen peas long enough did I realize that the secret is simply to warm them up.

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                            lilgi Jan 8, 2011 10:00 AM

                            Ah, so you merely thought you were eating raw peas?

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                              sunshine842 Jan 8, 2011 10:03 AM

                              saute some chopped bacon, and a couple of shallots. Toss in a couple of cups of peas, and saute until the peas are bright green but still crisp-tender.

                              Add some light cream and let warm just until it begins to thicken. Toss with a little fresh pasta, grated Parm, and some fresh-ground black pepper.

                              Our favourite last-minute dinner -- I keep lardons and frozen peas JUST for that reason. (I use lardons and peas in other things, too, but I make sure I always have them 'in stock')

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                                lilgi Jan 8, 2011 10:11 AM

                                Sunshine, those are ingredients that I'm used to working with! Bacon, shallots, cream and a bit of cheese sounds very doable :)

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                                  sunshine842 Jan 8, 2011 11:40 AM

                                  If the peas are fresh, it's a heavenly combination -- it's only delicious with frozen!

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                                    sunshine842 Jan 9, 2011 09:24 AM

                                    I actually made this for dinner tonight as we're jumping from one thing to another -- all I had was a tin of peas, and some dry-cured ham (like Parma) and it was still rockin'.

                            2. re: lilgi
                              JeremyEG Jan 8, 2011 10:13 AM

                              I never cared for them much until I had fresh ones in season. Not sure where you are but perhaps you'll have better luck in the spring. When you can get them really fresh:

                              Shell them and put them in a bowl raw
                              Drizzle with the best EVOO you can get
                              Grate some fresh pecorino or parmesan
                              Add a pinch of chili flakes if you want (but it sounds like you may not like spicy so much)

                              If you want to do them 'not quite raw,' I sometimes blanch them for a couple seconds. They're good that way. I posted a recipe last spring on my blog.



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                                lilgi Jan 8, 2011 03:24 PM

                                I remember hating green beans when I was growing up, and now I love them! The green beans that I eat now are different than what I was exposed to in the past; mushy, overcooked, cafeteria/lunchroom-like, and I could never get past the smell either. When I started purchasing vegetables fresh and making them myself it was a brand new experience. I imagine your peas are my green beans :) Will have to try peas this way also, come spring.

                            3. jubilant cerise Jan 4, 2011 06:51 PM

                              An omlette with peas and crumbled goat cheese with hot buttered toast, side salad, juice and tea is my favourite weekend breakfast. :)

                              1. Emme Jan 4, 2011 06:35 PM

                                roast em with garlic and shallots.

                                add em to curried chicken salad (with diced apples, onions, etc) or to couscous salad (with cocktail onions, currants, sundried tomatoes, basil, seasoned rice wine vinegar and lime juice)

                                pea gnocchi

                                mix them into meatballs with a tangier sauce

                                Stuffed Onions - remove cores, chop finely; cook the onion shells. simmer the onions, peas with salt and white pepper in some chicken broth. mix with cooked barley (or bulghur and/or lentils). stuff onion shells and place in baking dish. mix white wine and chicken broth and pour around onions. combine a little mayo with lemon juice and tarragon. spoon over onions and broil.

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                                1. re: Emme
                                  nvcook Jan 8, 2011 06:58 PM

                                  Thanks Emme, I think that sounds wonderful!

                                2. lilgi Jan 4, 2011 06:03 PM

                                  Thanks to all!

                                  I have a feeling what I have in my fridge is gonna go before I try any of these (heheh, me thinks I'm a bit skeptical still!) but I DO remember loving split pea soup, probably because it has all that ham/bacon flavor; I think anything tastes good with a little bacon, so do my teen boys :) Unfortunately, if I made that for all of us they wouldn't speak to me for a week (this actually happened...with butternut squash soup :( )

                                  I'll bet the raw peas taste worlds apart from a cooked version, so I might be able to do something with that tomorrow (thanks greygarious!) At least I could try it for myself, no harm there and I wouldn't waste the peas.

                                  The dips and spreads sound interesting to me; always looking to update my recipes and its good to get out of a rut!

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                                  1. re: lilgi
                                    coll Jan 8, 2011 06:42 AM

                                    If my husband knew my "spicy pumpkin" soup was really butternut squash, or sometimes yams, he probably wouldn't speak to me for awhile either!

                                    For a change (because we love peas in everything, to me they're like green caviar) I like to saute some proscuitto and pignolia nuts in olive oil and a bit of butter, then add peas, salt and pepper at the last minute. I think that's it...I'll have to check later. The leftovers are great added to any pasta with an oil based sauce.

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                                      lilgi Jan 8, 2011 09:58 AM

                                      Coll that just reminded me of my childhood! My mom used to fib like that all the time; I think she stopped when she realized I didn't trust her anymore lol.

                                      One of my DS loves pumpkin pie, so he does eat one of the squashes, but I guess I should have made something sweet and spicy with butternut squash. Too late now, you live and learn :)

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                                        tanker64 Jan 10, 2011 05:50 PM

                                        I hate peas. Pick them out of soup ; won't touch them in any way shape or form.

                                        For years my mom made "green soup" after a ham meal. Loved it. It wasnt until I came home from the Army (years later) that I mentioned the green soup and everyone burst into laughter. I was the only one who didnt know it was pea soup...

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                                          lilgi Jan 10, 2011 07:35 PM

                                          My son "caught" me making Caesar salad once, something I was able to get away with doing behind his back for so long. It was his favorite salad...until that very day. I tried to fix it by saying "You know, anchovies are in Luger sauce too!". One more item that is no longer on my list.

                                    2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 4, 2011 05:35 PM

                                      blend them into your favorite hummus recipe and add fresh mint & feta.

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                                        fourunder Jan 4, 2011 05:11 PM

                                        Chicken Soup.......Pastina and Green Peas.....Sprinkled with Parmigiano Reggiano

                                        1. chefj Jan 4, 2011 04:26 PM

                                          Here is a delicious Rajastani recipe for fried pastry filled with spicey green peas.

                                          1. greygarious Jan 4, 2011 03:42 PM

                                            I think peas taste best raw, or close to it, at their pretty, green best. I put frozen peas in a microwaveable bowl and zap them only enough to get them hot. Try it with a couple of tablespoons (30 seconds from frozen would be ample heating) and see how you like the taste and texture. Just recently saw a PBS cooking show in which a chef (Ripert, I think) remarked that he didn't know why more people don't eat peas raw, since they are delicious without cooking. In salads, I just thaw them.

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                                              valerie Jan 4, 2011 03:34 PM

                                              Might not be what you are looking for at this moment, but I love this pea dip with parmesan...always a hit when I put it out for guests with pita chips.


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                                                ChristinaMason Jan 4, 2011 07:57 PM


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                                                chefathome Jan 4, 2011 03:24 PM

                                                boredough beat me to the minted peas idea but I will add pea puree can be wonderful and has so many options.

                                                How about creamed peas?

                                                Though the pea flavour may come through a little too much for your liking, pea soups are a treat.

                                                1. darklyglimmer Jan 4, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                  If it's the taste that bothers you, try throwing them into a curry or something similarly heavily spiced. Peas are fairly delicate, flavor-wise, and probably won't stand out overly much. I add them to almost every casserole-ish, stew-ish thing I make and have never found them offensive (and I don't much like them plain, which was the only way my mother ever served them).

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                                                    smtucker Jan 4, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                    Assuming you are planning to use frozen peas, defrost by running under warm water in a colanders, otherwise, remove peas from their pods. Mince some shallot and chiffonade some mint. Sautee the shallots and half the mint with some salt in butter in a frying or sautee pan. Once the shallots are translucent, add the peas and about 2 tbls of water. Cover and let simmer for about 2 minutes. Uncover to reduce the existing water. Serve while warm, topping with the remaining mint.

                                                    1. boredough Jan 4, 2011 02:02 PM

                                                      Here's a great recipe for an alternative to guacamole, Clotilde Dusoulier's Green Pea Cilantro Spread:


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                                                      1. re: boredough
                                                        southernitalian Jan 11, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                        Love that recipe and will definitely try. A friend of mine has a similar receipe she makes with edamame.

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                                                          boredough Jan 11, 2011 03:33 PM

                                                          Well I hope you like it! It's very 'fresh' tasting - maybe sweeter than edamame.

                                                      2. todao Jan 4, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                        Take a look at this list of possibilities:


                                                        I have sauteed green peas and found the flavor to be quite interesting but I haven't tried any of the specific pages on the referenced page. If you decide to try some of them be sure to let us know how your experiment(s) worked out.

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