After spending my first 24 years enjoying the fruits of others' labor in the kitchen while rarely making my own contribution to the dinner spread, my culinary career was jump-started when I decided to give The Gastronomer five 3-course dinners as a Christmas present last year. The menus were taken almost exclusively from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, a fantastic, foolproof resource for the beginning cook. These peas were served alongside salmon and leek pot pies for the main course of Menu #1.
Recipe by The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 pound frozen peas (3 cups)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- salt and pepper
Yield: 4 servings
Estimated Start-to-Finish Time: 10 minutes
Actual Start-to-Finish Time: 20 minutes
Substitutions: We ate some of the peas without the cheese (shown above), as we found that it overwhelmed the flavor of the mint, but both ways were delicious.