One of the things I learned about my new husband all those years ago was that he wanted the vegetables on his plate to be just like those his mother prepared. He prefers overcooked peas and he loves them to be creamed.
All righty then…I proceeded to present them the way MY mother did them up. But that was all wrong.
HUH? How can you do creamed peas incorrectly?
Well, one reason is that his mother never used canned peas in all her born days. She GREW peas in a ginormous garden and she shelled them, along with help from her half dozen kids.
SIDEBAR: What’ll you bet there were some great memories made as a family of kids shelled peas with their mother? END SIDEBAR.
Mother Baum boiled a kettle full of peas, made up a mixture of butter flour and cream (they milked cows, too) into a nice white sauce. She drained the peas and poured the green beauties into the sauce and added salt and pepper. Voila`! Creamed peas!
Those would be delicious; I can appreciate why he likes his mama’s way of doing them.
When I made those peas that ONE TIME my issue was with canned peas. Hey. You use whatever you have. I’m not aware of any food pantry that insists you take frozen peas, not canned.
One way of creating a different-not necessarily better-version would be to add bits of onion or tiny pearl onions if you have some. And just a tiny dash of nutmeg over it all just before it comes to the table would be a nice addition, no matter what kind of peas you use. I’m guessing you do not have butter and cream from cows in your yard so feel free to substitute oil and milk or whatever else you keep on hand. grin/giggle Oh, some people like new potatoes-or whatever kind you have, even canned will work-added to the peas. That works!
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