2019: F… A to Z Italian Famiglia Foods and Memories: Fried Peas
I’m back for “year 4” of the A to Z… April Challenge!
My first year of this challenge had me racking my brain for a writing topic… especially as I didn’t quite understand the process. But finally I came up with 2016: Southern Foods and Memories. They said write what you know… and being a girl born in the South… well this was what I knew. 2017: Conversations with Mama was a somewhat easy one for me as I’d journaled our conversations for years so I researched some of my favorite topics to write on. 2018: All About Nancy Drew has been my favorite topic so far, and I don’t know if I’ll ever come up with another to equal it. It literally had me researching every day for over six months… researching, reading and perfecting every post. I was totally consumed with Nancy Drew for months… and still am! I didn’t want to “not” participate this year, but I was drawing a blank. Finally, mid February, I came up with writing on my husband’s Italian family foods and memories. I did my Southern foods the first year, so it was time to finally give his family their due! I’m also participating in the yearly 52 Ancestors 52 Stories this year… I am really feeling over-extended this month. April is a tough month for me, as we usually are traveling to my mother’s and my son in Florida… but somehow I’ll manage!
I think I can safely say that before marrying into an Italian family, I had never eaten any of the foods I’m blogging on this month… such an underprivileged child I was! Growing up in the South where we ate fried chicken, okra, black-eyed peas, butter beans, mashed potatoes, creamed style corn and southern biscuits! Oh My…!
Fried Peas was nothing I ever ate in my husband’s Italian family… they never even heard of them. I first ate these at my daughter in laws house, and immediately fell in love with them! And yes, she’s Italian! She told me that it’s the only way she’s ever eaten peas… no can peas were ever served in her house!
This is a quick and easy dish to prepare with simple ingredients… frozen peas, onion, s&p and oil. I use vegetable oil, but you could also use EVOO if you’d like. I try and buy the petite peas as I’m not fond of the bigger peas… but use what you like.
This would be an easy lunch meal with a fresh loaf of Italian bread!
Before marrying and moving to Connecticut, this Georgia girl had never eaten peas… all I’d ever known was peas in a can called… English Peas, and I wanted no part of them, but these are in a whole different ballpark. I eventually tried the LeSueur can peas and liked them ok, but now since I’ve eaten fried peas… there is no turning back for me!
I cook everything, well almost everything, in our cast iron pans… love them, especially the older ones. The newer brands are awfully heavy, but if you can grab one from your grandmother, you’ll never cook in anything else… just never put it in the dishwasher! For the most part, you just wipe out clean… and it Never goes in the sink. I always leave the pan cleaning to hubby… that’s his speciality. We have a large collection of cast iron pans and he’s the expert in cleaning them, so I have no problem in leaving that chore to him.
So grab your pan of choice, pour a good splash of oil in, warm it up on a medium heat and add your sliced onions… as much as you’d like. You can never have enough! I cook them on low heat or slightly higher if I’m rushed, and when they are just slightly turning brown on the edges I throw the frozen peas in… no need to defrost.
Leave the pan on just slightly medium or lower, stirring every so often, and adding a little salt & pepper. If you feel like you need a splash more oil, then do so… as you don’t want to dry up the peas. I probably cook them about 10 to 15 minutes… just keep stirring ever so often… and keep a close eye on the pan. I wasn’t watching closely last time in cooking them, as I left the kitchen and became absorbed in the TV… until I smelled them… there were a few that were a little darker and crunchy… but still all good.
There’s no set recipe on this, it’s a matter of just adding what you need or want. I’ve often thought of throwing in a few mushrooms, but never seem to have any at the time, but one day!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this little simple recipe of just fried peas. There’s so much you can do with peas, even peas and pasta. I can easily see this dish all prepared and thrown in with pasta and another splash or two of EVOO… might have to give that a try next time… there’s still another bag of frozen peas in my freezer… easy peasy dinner meal!
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