Last Saturday BeeBop and I were roaming around one of our favorite shopping places, Sam’s Club, and way back in the back past all the other fruits and veggies I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. Could it be? Really? Fresh English peas? In the middle of winter?
As y’all already know, we’ve had one more miserable winter around here. Snow. Ice. More snow. And so cold. Bone chilling cold – well, for this south Georgia girl it’s bone chilling. So, those packages of bright, green, fresh peas looked like nothing short of a breath of Spring to me! Did I care that they were not even in season? I did not. Did I care that they were shipped here from Guatemala? Nope. All I cared about in that moment was that those peas made me think of Spring. And warmth. And longer days with lots of sunshine. Ahhhh…..
I brought two packages of those little green gems home knowing exactly what I wanted to do with them. I’ve seen lots of recipes for Peas with Lettuce and always thought it looked so inviting. I used a bit of one recipe and a bit of another and some of my own to create this dish for dinner last night. It was delicious and helped me remember that Spring really is just around the corner.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add the green onions and cook until softened but not browned.
Remove any stem and hard core from the lettuce and cut it into large shreds. I used a small Boston lettuce for this, but any small, tender lettuce (such as Butter lettuce) works fine.
Add the peas and lettuce. Stir well. Add the chicken stock and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for 10 minutes (5 minutes if using frozen peas).
Other fresh English pea recipes you might enjoy:
- Green Garlic Soup with Fresh English Peas from Albion Cooks
- YumSugar’s Simple Pasta with Asparagus and Fresh English Peas
- Fresh English Peas with Mint on Melting Your Mouth