delicious uses for frozen peas....
- prima Mar 6, 2011 02:59 PM
Thanks to the CH who suggested mutter paneer last week. Made some paneer-free mutter last night, as a side dish with some tandoori chicken. Nice change from plainer frozen peas.
Would love to hear about other tasty recipes calling for frozen peas.
The French have a soupe called 'Potage St-Germain'. It is basically a cream of pea soup. I make mine using frozen peas:
In a saucepan, fry some bacon until crispy ( if you're not vegetarian, if so, omit), set aside.
Use the bacon fat to cook some onions ( use EVOO if ur veg)
Add garlic....cook. Add thym, savory, bay, or any other herb you want
Add chicken stock, veg stock,or water and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
Add frozen peas and cook 1 minute.
Turn off heat and use imersion blender to puree the soup.
Season to taste.
When serving, add the bacon (or not) and julienned mint leaves.
You now have a 'Green Eggs and Ham' colored soup!
I really thought there was a recent thread on frozen peas but can't locate it. They need little or no cooking. Just defrost and include in tossed salads, pasta salads, or other cold salads. Add still-frozen ones to any NON-tomato based pasta sauce at the end of cooking - all they need is warming through. Peas added to pasta carbonara is not authentic, but delicious. Good in mac&cheese too. Add them to vegetable or noodle soups, homemade or not.
There was a recent thread, in fact, there were 2, because it was accidently duplicated (I was the OP). The one with more replies was removed because it was a "duplicate", and the one with less replies was locked, because it was considered the "duplicate". So all that remains is the locked one with less replies & ideas, hence this new thread.
I like to have them in the freezer for whenever I need to add something green. I throw a handful into stew, shepherd's pie, fried rice, lo mein, soup, rice pilaf and etc.
You can always sweat some onions and mushrooms then deglaze with some chicken stock. A little thyme salt and pepper. Or don't sweat onions and use pearl onions. You could add some cream to the stock and thicken and have creamed peas.
Those onions I talked about sweating, you could do it with bacon drippings and add a few pieces of bacon at the end.
That ought to give you some ideas.
I throw them into my mac and cheese when I'm making it for my kids. Also throw them in when I make fried rice.