Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Creamed Peas on Toast

This recipe is retro. I have no idea if they ate this in the 50's, but to me it kind of seems like something a suburban housewife in a high-waisted plaid skirt would make for her accountant, skinny-tie and chunky glasses-wearing husband to eat watching TV and a mustard sofa. But in all honesty, I can just barely remember the mid-80's, so I really don't know. Most of that mental image is probably based on my last watching of "Edward Scissorhands," which is an amazing movie (although it scared me to death until I was probably 21 years old).

My mom used to make a recipe similar to this quite often, and there is a sentimental place in my heart for it. So maybe it's more retro to the early 90's than the mid 50's, but in any case, it's good and filling.

The other day I realized it had been quite some time since eating a vegetable (these things happen in a bachelor grad student's home occasionally), and looking around the fridge and freezer, this was the solution. If I wanted a healthy, and nutritious dinner, obviously the solution was to cover vegetables with cream, butter, and cheese sauce. Healthy and happy. Mmmm good.

Creamed Peas on Toast

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove, minced garlic
  • 2 heaping tablespoons flour
  • about 1 cup milk (I used about 1/2 milk and 1/2 half-and-half, which I had in the fridge)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pound frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Toasted bread slices
Heat the butter and olive oil in a flat-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Saute the garlic until slightly browned. Add the flour, and stir until it becomes a smooth paste. Add about 3/4 cup of the milk and stir or whisk well until smooth. Add additional milk or cream until the desired thickness (you want it thick, but not soupy). Add the lemon juice.

Add the peas and stir until heated through, but not mushy. Add the cheese and chives, and stir until the cheese is melted and incorporated. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve on toast, or as a side dish.


remarkable said...

I haven't thought about creamed peas and toast for years!! With the parmesan and chives I think it could rival childhood memories. (Don't tell my mom.) ~Rachel

Alexandra said...

My comment is unrelated to the recipe, but related to your post--how can you say that "Edward Scissorhands" scared you until you were 21 when you claimed to have never seen the movie until my Edward Scissorhands party when you were at least 23? Hmmm?

Bradley said...

I never saw the movie because I too scared of the image of Edward. I had seen commercials, clips, etc., and that was enough for me.