French peas recipe (petits pois Française)
- Cuisine: French
- Serves 6–8
Featured as part of our Cooks and their Books series, this recipe comes courtesy of Australian food icon Margaret Fulton.
Tiny petits pois, baby peas, are available frozen and are absolutely delicious cooked this way. Cook the whole bag of peas so there will be plenty for everyone — even seconds.
2 rashers streaky bacon, rind removed, cut into strips
6 spring onions or eschalots, finely sliced (including some green tops of the spring onions)
½ lettuce or 6–8 outer lettuce leaves, shredded
1kg frozen baby peas
Sprigs of mint
1 tsp sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
2 tbsp water
PreparationMelt the butter in a large, heavy-based saucepan with a lid and gently fry the bacon and spring onions until soft but not brown. Add the lettuce to the pan and stir over a low heat until it is bright green and juicy. Add the frozen peas to the pan with one or two sprigs of mint and the sugar, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add the water, cover with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for 15–20 minutes or until the peas are tender. To serve, remove the mint and serve from the pan with the pan juices and lettuce.
SBS Cook’s Notes
This recipe has been reproduced with minor SBS recipe style changes.| Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20ml; 1 cup equals 250ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55–60g, unless specified.
Recipe from Margaret Fulton Christmas by Margaret Fulton, with photographs by Mark Roper. Published by Hardie Grant Books.
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