Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Peas with Onions and Thyme

While I will be the first one to say "pass the butter!", when it comes to cooking, I am not one to drown the food I cook in unnecessary fat as a means of adding flavor.  I find that staying authentic, and enhancing other elements of a dish can create flavor profiles unlike what is accomplished by adding loads of butter or oil.  Something as simple as a side dish of peas, is dressed up by addition of slow cooked onions, bringing out their natural nutty sweetness, then enhancing the flavors even further with the lemony fragrance of thyme.

3 cups of organic sweet peas
1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp unsalted butter
olive oil
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a large, deep sided pan, melt the butter with a little olive oil [to keep it from burning]; add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook slowly until they begin to caramelize.  They should smell fragrant and nutty by this point.  Add the thyme and garlic and allow to sauté just until the garlic softens, then add the peas and stock, simmer for 15 minutes and serve.

5 comments:

  1. I'm always looks for a way to spice up veggies! Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. Mmm, sounds delicious! I don't think I've had thyme with my peas yet, but the combo makes perfect sense. :)

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  3. What a great recipe! Peas are my favorite and this sounds delicious :)

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  4. Two of my favorites things; peas and thyme :) I hope you enjoy this recipe and thank you for the wonderful comments.

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