I’m not exactly sure what it is about peas that makes them seem so unappealing. Did you see what I did there? For most kids I think it may be because they are green. Both of my girls have a strong aversion to green food no matter what it is. So when my oldest came home from school one day and told me that she liked peas, you can just imagine my confusion.
1. She ate peas. Willingly. Without bribery or threatening.
2. She ate peas at school of all places. This is also the place that she discovered she likes green beans. (Which I promise are the only two green foods that she likes.) I mean. What are the schools doing to their green foods to make them so enticing? They have new standards for how healthy things have to be so I know it’s not that they are slathering it all in butter.
3. I gotta come close to making them at least half as good as the school. Woah. What is this world coming to with the statement that I just made?
I came across this recipe for Parmesan Peas and I figured it was worth a shot. If it doesn’t work then I may need to call my daughter’s cafeteria. Again. What weird statements I’m making.
I liked these peas, but I have a feeling that they weren’t as amazing as my daughter is used to. I will be tweaking these a little as I make them more. But for the most part, they are really tasty! The most important tip that I can give is to make sure that you serve them immediately after making. They do not taste the same after they get cold and sit there for a while. Just from my experience anyways.
Also, be sure to use freshly grated parmesan and not the powered stuff. It works, but is not near as good.
- 16 oz Bag of Frozen Peas or 4 cups Fresh Peas
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 cup Freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Little squeeze of lemon juice
- Dash of pepper
- Fill a big saucepan 2/3 of the way full and bring to a boil.
- Add the peas and cook for 3 minutes if fresh and 1 minute if frozen. This will be your call as to if you think they are ready enough. I like mine to be really tender.
- Remove from heat and save a little amount of the cooking water. Drain.
- Put them back in the saucepan and add a little of the reserved water. Add the butter. Stir until melted.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese and make sure that all the peas get coated.
- Squeeze a tad of lemon juice and add a dash of pepper.
- Serve immediately!