Sweet Buttered Basil Petit Peas
This is the time of year when I really start craving the fresh, sweet vegetables of spring. Hearty winter vegetables are wonderful and all, but the anticipation of spring vegetables always seems to creep a bit early. We still have at least a month before asparagus starts popping up. With that said, frozen petite peas provide a good fresh, green replacement when we’re still in the middle of the cold months. Here’s a dish that’s great with fresh basil, if you have it (maybe on a window sill?). You could crush up some dried basil between your palms if you’re in a pinch.
Total Active Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side dish
2 tablespoons sweet cream butter
1 tablespoon, packed, fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade, a few leaves reserved for garnish (or ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed in your palm
1 16oz. package frozen petite peas, defrosted
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a sauté pan. Add in the 1 package of thawed petite peas.
If using dried basil, crush it into the pan now. Sprinkle the peas with ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt.
Cook the peas just until hot.
Sprinkle the peas with the fresh basil chiffonade and garnish with a few whole basil leaves.