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Pea Shoots

I just planted enough snow pea seeds that I'll probably turn green by the end of spring. I've never eaten pea shoots and am curious how you like to serve them or have seen them in restaurants. I know salads, maybe sautee? Are they good in light soups? Ravioli?

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  1. I like to stir fry them with garlic and white pepper, and just a bit of chicken stock.

    You can make pesto out of them as well.

    Great tossed in salads of almost any kind, or just by themselves and dressed lightly with some EVOO and rice wine vinegar.

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        1. re: thymetobake

          The shoots cook REALLY quickly, and it doesn't take long for them to overcook into a mushy mess. Expect it to cook faster than, say, spinach.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I thought I had invented pea shoot pesto last year! :) Planted way too many and they all germinated like crazy. The pesto was wonderful on angel hair pasta.

      2. I LOVE them as a salad tossed with a simple vinaigrette of lemon juice, olive oil and a little mustard. They taste very much like peas so the mustard is a perfect complement.

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        1. re: Lady_Tenar

          I'll keep the mustard in mind as I tend to dislike savory things with a sweet note.

        2. Nice on an eggsalad sandwich.

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          1. Lucky you~Pea shoots are delectable! I've only ever had them salad/vinaigrette style. I love the pesto idea!

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            1. re: pagesinthesun

              Yeah, I'm really excited about them. Especially since I over ordered seed and don't have enough room to grow them all into full size plants.

            2. Thanks every body. I guess there's not too many shoot eaters around.

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              1. re: thymetobake

                I think it's because they haven't tried them. They're hard to come by.

                I haven't grown them myself. I will pick them up at a farmers market or our Asian market. I think I remember getting a small bag from my CSA once.

                1. re: thymetobake

                  Dunno -- looks like you've got a bunch of suggestions already.

                  One of our favorite dishes at a local watering hole is stir-fried pea shoots with garlic and hot peppers. Absolutely delish.

                  I've also bought them at TJ's before and prepped them pretty much the same way.