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Jan 15, 2012 02:55 PM

Fresh Green Peas - favorite ways to cook or include them?

We are still getting wonderful bags of fresh green peas. I love them. I was curious how other people love to cook them or use them. Thanks!

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  1. Simplest is best for me. Quick boil, with a sprig of mint if it's still growing outside (a few months yet till it starts again)

    1. Simply sauteed in a bit of butter; a sprinkling of kosher salt & pepper

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      1. re: Cherylptw

        And a little bit of fresh tarragon ...

      2. I love pea puree with lots of butter and cream, and I love them barely steamed and finished off w/ a splash of heavy cream. Mmmmmm, fresh green pea soup is delicious. And you can make a layered salad, or eggs Foo Yong w/ a handful thrown in, yum.

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        1. re: mamachef

          +1 on fresh pea soup. I've made a version with lemon cream clouds (heavy cream, lemon zest, salt) that melt into the soup. Fresh, bright and yummy!

          And thank you for making me go look for the recipe. I found my "Hey, Bobby!" version of "Pass the Peas" I'd been looking for while I was there. :)

          This Food & Wine recipe is a favorite of mine, too. I've added pancetta--and lemon zest is another fine addition, as I learned here on CH:

        2. Half-and-half with cooked rice, generously sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

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          1. re: Querencia

            +1 vote for peas and rice, one of my all-time favorites! I enjoy them with a small pat of good cultured unsalted butter and a sprinkle of Herbamare.

          2. I really love the combination of peas with rice (I like brown rice too) and peas with pasta and a butter or olive oil based sauce. Whether I have the peas fresh or frozen, I usually add them at the end, almost as if they were an herb or a garnish, and the last bits of heat or residual cooking heats them through just right and keeps them bright and fresh.