Watch Cooking Channel

Discovering: Fresh Peas

Fresh Peas: Friend or Foe?

Fresh Peas: Friend or Foe?

I’ve always had a rocky relationship with peas. As a kid, I’d push the frozen variety around on my plate until they were cold and clammy, then eat a few and call it a day.

But even as a pea skeptic, I suspected the fresh ones would be different. So when I came across them at the farmers’ market, I knew it was destiny. Pea pods in hand, I headed home to widen my recipe repertoire.

My recipe box is completely devoid of pea-related recipes (see above pea paranoia), so a little investigation was in order. And, it had to happen fast — the peas were sweet, crisp and nothing like the raisin-like, wrinkly frozen variety, and they tasted great raw. So great, in fact, that my supply was starting to dwindle. Oh no! Focus.

Deb over at Smitten Kitchen (who is also not a pea lover) made a tempting-looking pea-studded pasta salad with a red pepper vinaigrette filling in for the usual oozy mayo dressing. Plus, the peas rest inside the shell-shaped pasta like they’re still in their pods — so cute!

Smitten Kitchen's Red Pepper-Pea Pasta Salad

Smitten Kitchen's Red Pepper-Pea Pasta Salad

Fresh peas have a great sweetness, and Heidi at 101 Cookbooks dresses her Fresh Pea Salad with a mint-date dressing to accentuate the sweet notes even more. This bright salad looks like the perfect light lunch.

Fresh Pea Salad From 101 Cookbooks

Fresh Pea Salad From 101 Cookbooks

Peas plus pasta also sounded very tempting, like this Tagliatelle with Fresh Peas and Lemon from Bill Granger.

Bill Granger's Tagliatelle With Fresh Peas

Bill Granger's Tagliatelle With Fresh Peas

Or, why not put them atop toast like La Tartine Gourmande does? This bright green goat cheese-scallion mixture looks beautiful (and delicious) with vibrant peas and radishes scattered on top.

La Tartine Gourmande's Brioche with Fresh Peas

La Tartine Gourmande's Brioche with Fresh Peas

Our own Aida Mollenkamp braises peas with chicken broth and butter lettuce (if you’ve never tried it cooked, it’s surprisingly amazing) and finishes it off with creamy Greek yogurt.

Aida's Braised Lettuce and Peas

Aida's Braised Lettuce and Peas

So what did I end up making? I had pasta. I had peas. I had lettuce. I sautéed the peas with shallots à la this Mark Bittman recipe, then tossed with pasta and topped it with a little crispy Spanish ham. The verdict? Even the semi-painful shelling process (emotionally, not physically) was worth it — consider me converted.

What’s your take on peas: okay, no way or all-out pea lover?

Tags:

Comments (2633)

  1. new york asian escorts posted 11/11/2012

    Whispering Misty…

    So sorry you will pass up the workshop!…

  2. paleo recipes posted 11/11/2012

    Title…

    […]very handful of internet sites that take place to be in depth below, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well worth checking out[…]…

  3. Pool Shop posted 11/11/2012

    Pool Shop…

    I detected this realistically very blog yesterday…

  4. circuit training posted 11/11/2012

    Title…

    […]The details mentioned within the write-up are some of the best available […]…

  5. página principal posted 11/11/2012

    highly viewed info…

    Safe working, remarkable work!…

  6. leappad explorer posted 11/12/2012

    Title…

    […]Here are a few of the websites we recommend for our visitors[…]…

  7. aparate foto profesionale posted 11/12/2012

    Title…

    […]we came across a cool web page that you may possibly get pleasure from. Take a search for those who want[…]…

  8. Google posted 11/12/2012

    Google…

    […]that is the finish of this post. Here you?ll obtain some sites that we assume you?ll value, just click the hyperlinks over[…]…

  9. dallas furniture repair posted 11/12/2012

    high high high quality statement…

    My spouse along with i sensed totally secure which Bob may complete their research while using the treasured recommendations they discovered inside the personal internet website. It may additionally be perplexing to you need to be giving aside facts lo…

  10. rank site SEO posted 11/12/2012

    Title…

    […]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I appreciate but do not get a great deal of link really like from[…]…

  11. this publish posted 11/12/2012

    Remarkable Internet sign…

    It’s actually the completely new nice and useful an easy piece of data. I believe satisfied you have to distributed these kinds associated with useful information around. Remember to assist along with keeping people current similar to this. Thanks rela…

  12. what is google sniper posted 11/12/2012

    Title…

    […]just beneath, are numerous absolutely not connected web pages to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]…

  13. cipro posted 11/12/2012

    Title…

    […]Every as soon as in a though we opt for blogs that we study. Listed below are the newest web pages that we decide on […]…

  14. randka posted 11/12/2012

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Trying to find forward to learning additional from you afterward!……

  15. หอพักเอแบค posted 11/12/2012

    Healing’s Dragons…

    hey to seek out matters to further improve my web page!I suppose its ok to create usage of several within your principles!!…

  16. Lainaa posted 11/13/2012

    Title…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some web pages that we assume you need to visit[…]…

  17. ugg boots pas cher posted 11/13/2012

    Title…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]…

  18. do you agree posted 11/13/2012

    Title…

    […]Here are some of the websites we advocate for our visitors[…]…

  19. Make money Youtube video posted 11/13/2012

    Title…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  20. pond5 coupon code posted 11/13/2012

    Title…

    […]one of our guests just lately advised the following website[…]…

  21. Aquariumfilter posted 11/13/2012

    aquarium filter…

    I perceived this literally very Article yesterday…

  22. randki posted 11/14/2012

    The Absent Game…

    Involving me and my husband we’ve owned far more MP3 players over the years than I can count, such as Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few many years I’ve settled down to one line of players….

  23. odszukaj milosc swego zycia posted 11/14/2012

    Woman of Alien…

    Fantastic operate you may have accomplished, this web site is absolutely amazing with great information. Time is God’s strategy for retaining almost everything from occurring simultaneously….

  24. serwis randkowy posted 11/14/2012

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Trying to get forward to finding out further from you afterward!……

  25. rewelacyjny portla randkowy posted 11/14/2012

    The Silent Shard…

    This could almost certainly be rather valuable for many of your respective jobs I intend to you should not only with my weblog but…

  26. randki za darmo posted 11/15/2012

    The Silent Shard…

    This will likely likely be pretty valuable for some of one’s employment I decide to never only with my website but…

  27. san diego therapist posted 11/15/2012

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  28. create survey online posted 11/15/2012

    Awesome website…

    […]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[…]……

  29. it solution provider companies posted 11/15/2012

    Awesome website…

    […]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[…]……

  30. viking sewing machine service posted 11/15/2012

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  31. Great website…

    […]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]……

  32. healthyvendings posted 11/15/2012

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  33. Hop Over To These Guys posted 11/15/2012

    Sites we Like……

    […] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose […]……

  34. umow sie na randke posted 11/15/2012

    The Silent Shard…

    This can in all probability be quite helpful for some of your respective jobs I plan to do not only with my weblog but…

  35. real estate dubai posted 11/16/2012

    Title…

    […]the time to read or visit the content or web sites we’ve linked to beneath the[…]…

  36. odszukaj milosc swego zycia posted 11/16/2012

    Third Flower…

    My spouse and that i have already been now delighted that Albert could perform his studies thanks to the strategies he had by way of your website. It is actually from time to time perplexing to just usually be giving freely actions which some people co…

  37. Arkadas Bul posted 11/16/2012

    major rack web web page page…

    F*ckin’ awesome serious things with this particular unique scenario. I’m expressly ecstatic to find out a write-up. Thanks very much greatly as well as i’m thinking about email a lot of us. You definitely will simultaneously why not glide almost every…

  38. monoloop.com posted 11/16/2012

    Title…

    […]here are some links to web sites that we link to due to the fact we feel they may be really worth visiting[…]…

  39. Read more about web design posted 11/16/2012

    Title…

    […]Here is an excellent Blog You may Come across Fascinating that we Encourage You[…]…

  40. quick payday loans posted 11/17/2012

    great website…

    Only wanna information concerning choice of total fundamental elements, Internet style as well because design is ideal, the advice material is really fantastic. “Some with relation to renown, about left spots in relation to learning dote, And think hi…

  41. Best Teeth Whitening posted 11/17/2012

    Healing’s Dragon…

    to find troubles to further improve my internet site!I suppose its alright to generate use of a number of within your ideas!!…

  42. buy synthol posted 11/17/2012

    Title…

    […]we like to honor many other world-wide-web sites on the net, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

  43. spybubble weebly posted 11/17/2012

    Title…

    […]we prefer to honor many other online web-sites around the internet, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]…

  44. best legal steroids posted 11/18/2012

    Title…

    […]here are some links to internet sites that we link to simply because we consider they are worth visiting[…]…

  45. web design barrow posted 11/18/2012

    Title…

    […]below you’ll locate the link to some web sites that we believe you need to visit[…]…

  46. check site now posted 11/18/2012

    Title…

    […]we came across a cool web page that you may possibly love. Take a search when you want[…]…

  47. legal steroids posted 11/18/2012

    Title…

    […]always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I like but really don’t get quite a bit of link adore from[…]…

  48. buy synthol posted 11/18/2012

    Title…

    […]that will be the end of this report. Right here you will locate some internet sites that we consider you will appreciate, just click the links over[…]…

  49. Title…

    […]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but don’t get a lot of link like from[…]…

  50. Classified Cars posted 11/18/2012

    Title…

    […]one of our guests just lately recommended the following website[…]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c