Peas à la Francaise
This is a delicious recipe for peas done French style.
I love peas, but in North American vegetable recipes, we don't do much with them except add them to a stew or soup.
Simmer 20 - 30 minutes until peas and onions are tender. Most of the liquid should be absorbed and the consistency should be creamy. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary by adding more salt and pepper.
Serve on lettuce leaves.
If using frozen peas, reduce cooking time to 5 minutes, but cook the lettuce, bacon and onion for 15 minutes before adding the peas.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 267; Calories from Fat 144; Total Fat 15.9g; Saturated Fat 8.7g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 41mg; Sodium 544mg; Total Carbohydrates 21.9g; Dietary Fiber 7.7g; Sugars 8.1g; Protein 10.6g; Vitamin A 63%; Vitamin C 26%; Calcium 6%; Iron 13%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
Most of us eat this vegetable plain, maybe mixed with a little butter.
This vegetable side dish recipe really turns up the flavor of this less used, but very delicious vegetable.
The French mix peas with bacon and pearl onions, each of which adds delightful flavor.
Many grocery stores now carry those tiny jewel-like pearl onions, but if you can't find them, feel free to substitute with green onions or a chopped regular onion.
I would tend to use a sweeter onion in this recipe, like a Spanish or Vidalia onion, rather than the plain yellow version.
Try this peas recipe alongside French style herbed baked chicken.
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