Simmered Peas & Butter Lettuce(serves 6)

Made this tonight (so could you)This is what I made to go along with the Sausage & Onion Gravy dish (use search box to the right to find recipe)cooked this evening by my friend. It is a very quick but impressive little dish. Handy if you want to use up lettuce that has lost a bit of its crispness. I always have baby frozen peas in the freezer for those moments when you want to get dinner together fast, or as was the case tonight, you want to do more drinking and chatting with friends much more than you want to be fussing over something time-consuming!

You will need: 1 lb bag frozen baby peas, 4 scallions, 2 heads butter lettuce or 1 head of red leaf lettuce (I used red leaf tonight), 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil, salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper flakes (optional)

First, take peas out of freezer and leave on your counter while you get the rest of

saute scallions..

the ingredients together. Chop scallions, including green parts finely. Wash lettuce (no need to dry) and cut the bottom off to loosen and free all the leaves. Tear the leaves a little but leave pretty big. (If the heads are small you might not need to tear the leaves at all – just leave them whole). Put saute pan (9″ or more) on stove-top on medium heat and add oil. Saute scallions for 3 minutes, add

Simmer peas..

broth and let it come to a simmer. Add peas and cover to cook for 3 minutes. Taste broth at this point – if it needs salt or pepper add a little and also the pepper flakes if you are using. Cover the peas with the lettuce as evenly as possible and cover for about 2 minutes, it should wilt into the liquid. At this point it is ready to serve. Because it cooks so fast you can do this last minute OR make a little ahead, turn off and reheat right when everything else is ready. Serve with a little broth.

And there you have it..

2 responses to “Simmered Peas & Butter Lettuce(serves 6)

  1. another cooked lettuce recipe!!!! I guess I am going to have to try it.
    It seems the broth would be quite important here. Did you use a buillion cube? Dont tell me it was homemade broth, because that is just more that I can do.

  2. Lettuce is one of those surprise ingredients. There are even lettuce soups! And, the different varieties produce different resulting tastes and textures. The simmered pea dish works well with a delicate leaf the best. It sort of blankets the peas. No need to panic about the broth – I use plain old Swanson’s Chicken broth. I have also used a bouillon cube with 1 cup of water. Give it a try Martha!
    Tess x

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