Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

So John and I had a dinner party last night.  Pretty much everyone who came is either a great cook or married to one, so I was a little intimidated when planning the menu.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • Appetizer: Lump Crab Cakes + Cheese Plate + Lil’ Smokies (long story)
  • Main Course: Prime Rib Roast with Black Pepper, Garlic, Salt Crust
  • Side: Roasted Potatoes with Gruyere and Parsley
  • Side: Sauteed Peas with Shallots and Mint
  • Salad: Simple Green Salad
  • Dessert: Chocolate Truffles + Fresh Fruit

Everything turned out perfectly … not “perfect” in a Martha Stewart kind of way. (Oh heavens no, not at all:  We ate the crab cakes with our hands while standing around the kitchen … used paper napkins and mismatched knives with dinner … and crammed all ten of us–elbow to elbow–around the table.)

But, it was perfect in a salt-of-the-earth kind of way. Meat and potatoes. Green peas. Music. Glasses of good red wine next to sippy cups of apple juice. Kids running around in circles, then diapers, then pajamas.

The recipes (or links to where you can find them) for all of the dishes are provided below.  The prime rib roast and crab cakes would be perfect for a fall get-together. And the peas, potatoes, and salad are easy and affordable enough to make any night of the week.  Hope you enjoy!

Keep ’em Coming Crab Cakes – Available in my cookbook, Cooking With Marie: On Any Occasion! (p.52) (which, btw, you can buy right now for less than $10 on Amazon!) and on my website (painfully out of date … to be updated soon).  I always serve my crab cakes with the Central Market Chef’s case remoulade sauce — it’s delicious and I highly recommend it.

Simply Succulent Prime Rib Roast – Available on the Nolan Ryan Beef website (this is a recipe that I developed for them a few years ago — be sure to check out my helpful hints if this is your first time to cook prime rib!)

Roasted Red Potatoes with Parmesan & Parsley – Available in my cookbook, Cooking With Marie: On Any Occasion! (p.86). I used Baby Gold Potatoes instead of Red Potatoes and Gruyere instead of Parmesan. Frankly, I like the Parmesan better and it’s cheaper, so I’ll be using that next time.

Sauteed Peas With Shallots & Mint — See Recipe below.  Yes, it is a strange combination.  Just trust me on this one; everyone loves them.

Simple Green Salad — Mixed salad greens tossed with my favorite vinaigrette (2-3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, pinch of salt, sprinkle of pepper, and a dab of dijon mustard)

Chocolate Truffles — Purchased from Central Market. (Important: Keep these in a cool place. If left near any heat source, such as a light bulb, they will melt.  This happened today … you don’t want to see the picture.)

Sauteed Peas with Shallots & Mint

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 shallots, sliced into thin rings

Salt and pepper, for seasoning

2 cups (about 10 ounces) frozen petite green peas, defrosted

8-10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add shallots; season with salt and pepper.  Cook shallots until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add peas, mint, and butter.  Continue cooking, tossing frequently, until butter is melted and peas are warmed through, about 5 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.

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8 Responses to Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

  1. frugalfeeding September 30, 2011 at 2:08 am #

    Sounds really awesome! Particularly the crab cakes and roast, mmmmmmm. I can’t wait to get my own place so I can do dinner parties.

  2. Christine M September 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    The peas were amazing! I never thought I’d say that about peas but they truly were delicious and we’ll be adding that recipe to our family’s rotation!

  3. Oleg October 1, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    As an amateur cook I appreciate the simplicity of some dishes and the warm, friends and family feeling the article had created.

  4. Susan Clark October 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Im a friend of Dales and saw this on FB. Im a especially wonderful cook and an avid watcher of the cooking shows on TV. I wish you luck.

  5. Evalyn Benson October 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Perfect recipe, i will try it together with my wife tonite. Hope i get it right! Cheers


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