Friday, June 3, 2011

New Peas and Potatoes

New peas and potatoes was a standby at Grandma's house in the summer (and my dad's favorite). It was one of the first recipes I asked for, but Grandma said there wasn't really a recipe. All these year's she just kind of winged it. Tossing together simple ingredients for an incredible result. When I spotted some new potatoes at the store, I decided to give it a try.

Ingredients (these are all estimates as I didn't actually measure anything)
New potatoes, as fresh as you can get 'em (a pound or so)
1 cup peas, shelled (again, preferably fresh)
1 tbs butter
1 cup milk

Boil potatoes for about 10 minutes. Add peas and boil about 8 more minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain. Return to pot. Stir in butter, milk, and salt and pepper to taste.

There's a little magic in this dish. According to Grandma, new potatoes are extra starchy and that starch mixes with the milk to create the sauce.
The verdict? Not as good as Grandma's, but yummy enough to keep trying.

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