Friday, February 25, 2011

Peas with Onions and Mint



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...and because man cannot live by bread alone, it's time to feature a vegetable or two. I've been testing vegetable recipes for our Easter dinner. I found one in The Gourmet Cookbook that I really like. It's easy to do and it uses ingredients that can be found in any grocery store. It may surprise you to learn that the recipe calls for frozen, rather than fresh, peas. Those of you who are gardeners know that peas, particularly English peas, become starchy if they are not used shortly after they are picked. If you're not using peas freshly plucked from the garden, it is much better to go with the frozen variety. The Gourmet recipe produces a lovely side dish. I've altered it slightly because I think the ratio of onions to peas was too high. When you glance through the recipe you will see that the quantity of onions is given as a range. This is a case when I think less is more and I use the smaller amount. Be forewarned, that fresh mint is essential to the success of this recipe. I love the color this dish adds to the table. This recipe is so easy and inexpensive that there is no reason not to make it on a regular basis. I think those of you who try this dish will love it. Here's the recipe, which can, by the way, be doubled.

Minted Peas and Onions...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 to 12 ounces sweet onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Heat butter in a 12-inch skillet over moderately low heat until foam subsides. Add onions, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add peas, mint, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until peas are heated through. Yield: 4 servings.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Snap Pea Salad - Sense and Sensibility
Peas with Lettuce - Never Enough Thyme
Sauteed Peas with Mint - Chantel's Cooking Blog
Sugar Snap Peas with Mint Oil - One Perfect Bite
Simple Pleasures-English Peas - Bunky Cooks
Three Types of Peas with Bacon and Leeks - Sara's Kitchen

71 comments:

Kalpana Sareesh said...

This is such an easy n quick fix dish..

Pondside said...

This looks very much like something that brings back fond memories for me. Years ago, on a posting to Cold Lake Alberta (the only month in which it didn't snow was July)my new neighbour brought this over with a lovely beef ragout on our first night in quarters. When I tried to thank her, she just asked me to 'pass it along'. It was delicious, and the lesson I learned from her was to welcome every new neighbour with a hot meal.

Ginny said...

This is so pretty, and I bet the mint is so good with the peas. I may have to try it. Most people I know don't like canned peas, they prefer frozen because canned is mushy. I do prefer Le Suer if I have to use canned. They also have good baby carrots, if you add a bit of honey or brown sugar.

Alessandra said...

So much better than peas with only mint (like they do here) I need onion with my peas! :-)
ciao
A.

Priyanka said...

Such a healthy dish...Love it :)

DAMLA said...

Çok güzel görünüyor. Ellerinize sağlık.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

The perfect taste to go with peas. Diane

EliFla said...

I often cook peas with a similar recipe, but never used mint and butter....I use parsley and EVO oil....I have to try your recipe next time..thanks and have a wonderful weekend, blessings, Flavia

sweetartichoke.com said...

A simple and delicious way to prepare peas!
What a tempting, beautiful photo!

Priya said...

Definitely a prefect dish, looks yumm!

kitchen flavours said...

This is a beautiful dish. I love peas but my kids don't, they eat almost any veggies but not peas, guess I would have the plate all for myself! Yummy!

Ana Powell said...

This is a fantastic way of cooking peas.
Lovely and small spherical seed.
Wishing you a great weekend ♥

Suman Singh said...

wonderful combo..love those onions on top..delish! thanx for sharing..have a nice day ahead!

Ana Rita said...

What a healthy dish you bring us today Mary...

Hope you have a nice day,

Rita

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elle marie said...

I grew up on Peas and Onions.. it was esp special when the pea were from the non-frozen type = )

Hester Casey - Alchemy said...

Hi Mary, this is such a gorgeous yet simple summery dish. I love mint with peas. I bought mint for another dish, and I have always have peas in the freezer outside growing season so your lovely dish will be on my table this evening to accompany the roast chicken. One Perfect Bite indeed!

The Blonde Duck said...

Yum!

muppy said...

Really love this simple dish, will try it. I love frozen peas!






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey Mary,

A simple and yet healthy and yummy dish...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Perfect!! I needed one more side dish. I am going to add this to tonight's (our church's Supper with Friends) menu along with the cresent rolls from yesterday! Mary, you really know how to help a girl out! LOL! Blessings to you ~ Tanna

Big Dude said...

It's a gourmet cook who can turn a bowl of cooked peas into a special sidedish.

? said...

This is such a delicious recipe ; many different Indian spices go well with this.

Cats_cupcakes said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I thought i'd have a nosey at yours - your food is absolutely fantastic. It looks so tasty! Cat x

Jenn said...

Peas were the only vegetable I would eat when I was a kid. Granted, at the time had my mom put onions in it I wouldn't have eaten it...but I grew out of that thank goodness!! I'll definitely be trying this one!

yummychunklet said...

Love all three flavors that are highlighted int his dish! Yum!

aipi said...

Peas n mint is such a classic combo..loved the recipe, simple yet so flavorful!

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Katerina said...

We eat a lot of peas here and this one is a great variation of the classic dish we do here also.

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Kim said...

Peas and mint are so perfect together... And with onions, these are just perfect. I lke peas, but I LOVE freh peas...

Cucina di Barbara said...

lovely color, healthy food which is so important,
so yummy!
I wish you a lovely week end!
barbara

Design Wine and Dine said...

Such beautiful, vibrant colors! I love mint and the flavor it adds to so many dishes!!! I think people often believe mint will overpower a dish and so they leave it out or substitute another herb in its place, which is ashame...

Lovely!

Jeannie said...

Very gorgeous looking dish on a beautiful plate!

Reeni said...

What a wonderful side dish for any occasion! So easy and delicious but with an air of elegance to it!

Clint said...

Beautiful dish. I am not familiar with what the mint will add to this dish---I can only imagine. But, I love my peas and onions, so I'll give it a shot. Thanks, Mary!

PeggyR said...

This sounds really good. I have heard of the recipe. I'll have to try it as Norm loves peas.

Norma said...

Thanks for your visit and support.

I was never a pea lover until recently and with the added mint this could gto really big at home.

Lucie said...

Eating peas on their own is one of my favorite things. I think this would go perfectly with a nice rack of lamb!

Beverly said...

Mary, I haven't had peas with onions and mint for many years. You brought back memories for me.

Perhaps I will prepare this for Sunday dinner.

I hope to see you tomorrow for Pink Saturday.

Designs on 47th Street said...

I bet this is realy good....and easy too!

Donna

Claudia said...

This is a favorite of mine as soon as the mint crops up - which in my case looks to be June this year...

Lauren Hairston said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Your photographs are so gorgeously crisp and clean and your recipes sound amazing. I love peas, so I'll have to give this one a try.

Michael Toa said...

Peas, onions and mint are a great combo. This looks beautiful Mary. I love the bright colours of the peas, against the pale onions. Wondreful.#
Have a great weekend.

Sushma Mallya said...

Picture Perfect...Simple yet must have been v flavourful...u have a lovely weekend Mary:)

Susi said...

Sometimes simple can be spectacular. I love vegetable dishes that let the vegetable be the star and this one sounds like a keeper! Hope you have a lovely weekend Mary :o)

Cooking Gallery said...

I can imagine this to be a real great side dish...! Have a good weekend, Mary :).

Ronda Kisner said...

Oh how I love peas! I will have to try this recipe when my peas are ready, assuming the rabbits don't eat them again, and the mint is starting to go crazy.

lola said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Mary. You're minted peas look good but I'm going to try you're sweet crescent rolls soon. I'll report back! You have great photos. Do you use flash or lighting or natural light?

That Girl said...

Mint just always seems to go with peas, doesn't it?

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, This is perfection..such a wonderful, elegant side dish. Blessings, Catherine

RamblingTart said...

Ooo, that's SO pretty, Mary! I love the dish you used. :-) Fresh mint is one of my favorite things - especially with peas.

Jennifurla said...

Sounds like a perfect side dish

Joanne said...

There are DEFINITELY occasions where simple is the way to go and this side dish is certainly one of them! Looks so good!

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Eliana said...

I haven't seen peas that look this delicious in a very long time.

Kankana said...

That is such a unique combination .. sounds very interesting

Victor said...

This is such a nicely and quick side dish! Have a great weekend, Mary.

Brindusa said...

Interesting combination.I never ate peas with mint. What I like is peas with dill.
But, if you say is good, I might try it :)
I like your plate a lot!
Have a nice weekend.

ann said...

Mary, this is a wonderful vegetable side dish. The picture is beautiful.

Kelly said...

I love the sound of this, so refined. It makes me excited for spring produce and spring peas in particular!

Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

Thanks for dropping by.
You have a gorgeous food blog. Love your photos, through them the foods posted here really shine, popping out and giving a fresh feel.

A Busy Nest said...

Peas and mint are such a great pairing. This side dish is a great way to welcome spring!

Danelle said...

I'm always looking for new ways to serve vegetables. These look very tasty!

Stevie said...

This pea dish looks quite Spring-like and I'll bet that with the mint it is very refreshing. I like onions so would probably add more, but taste is subjective.

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teresa said...

oh so lovely! i don't even think i'd need a main dish, i'll just eat this!

Gloria said...

Look absolutely nice dear Mary, have a lovely week end! gloria

Rhonda said...

I've been pairing mint and onions with my peas for a long time, the mint makes the peas taste so fresh! Wish I had a fork so I could grab a bite of yours right now.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mary, I just had to come back to tell you how delicious this recipe is and what a hit it was with our Supper with Friends group!!! Oh, my goodness! Tasted just like spring!! AND, the crescent rolls: outstanding!!! Thank you so much for helping me have a wonderful dinner party tonight! I'm off to bed now! Whew! Thank you again! Blessings ~ Tanna

Anna A. said...

Peas and mint is the perfect combo... onions are always delicious. YUM! This makes me excited for Spring.

The Magic Pie said...

I make this recipe very very often but without mint :P Next time I'll try it! bye

bunkycooks said...

Thank you so much for the mention. I am counting the days to when we can get fresh peas! The season is short and they are so good!

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