This simple summer dish of fresh peas, lemon, and creme fraiche was actaully inspired by my daughter’s favorite expression.
Where she picked up “easy peasy, lemon squeezie” from, I have no idea.
(Do you? Is this an iCarly thing?)
But she says it all the time and it always makes me laugh.
And peas are one of the few green-colored vegetables she’ll actually eat, so I love making them for her.
If you don’t have fresh peas then feel free to use frozen organic sweet peas.
This recipe really is about highlighting their natural flavor, so as long as their vibrant and plucky it will be delicious.
And you can even substitute green beans, cut into 1 inch sized pieces, or sugar snap peas. Just cook them gently and they will be delicious.
Recipe for Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezie Peas
-You will need 2 cups of peas if you are serving this as a side dish, so that means shucking a big bag of fresh peas. It’s a bit of work, but if you show your kids how to pull the string on the pod to open them up and release the little morsels inside, they might actually enjoy helping you.
-Once you have your bowl of shucked peas, you will add them to salted, boiling water. They don’t need to cook very long at all (you don’t want mushy peas!), just a couple of minutes so they are a bit more tender but still very green. If you’re unsure about their doneness, I suggest scooping one out to taste.
-Drain the peas and pour into a medium-sized bowl.
-While still warm, place a large scoop of creme fraiche (about 1/4 cup) on top of the peas. Squeeze half of a lemon on top as well. Sprinkle with fleur de sel (if you have it) or regular sea salt. Stir to combine.
-**If you’d like: finish with some freshly grated pecorino cheese before serving.