Can you believe it’s 2019? Where does the time go? I’ve been thinking about my blog posts for the month of January and what my first post of the year would be. If you asked me a month ago, I’d never believe you if you told me that my first post of 2019 would be a recipe for peas! I mean, peas? Really? Surely I could have come up with something fancier than that. I mean, isn’t everyone else writing about green detox smoothies and “healthy” stuff that will help you lose weight? Nah, not me. I’m Italian; we like to eat. I don’t believe in fad diets or depriving myself of eating the things I enjoy the most, especially in the winter when the days are cold and the nights colder. However, I do believe strongly that moderation is key. I also believe that peas are a very underrated vegetable!
My husband happens to love peas. His mother used to make them for him with sautéed onions. I make them often; it’s a quick and easy side dish for any night of the week and goes well with just about anything. I decided to take my mother-in-law’s recipe and elevate it a bit by adding white wine and bits of salty prosciutto (prosciutto is cured with salt, so it’s naturally gluten free, as well). Trust me, if you think peas are boring, try this recipe. It’s full of flavor and can be stretched to feed any size crowd. It’s also a good way to use up any bits of prosciutto you may have in the fridge.
Cheers to an underrated vegetable like peas, to a new year of elevating simple foods and most importantly, to bringing family and friends to the table to enjoy a meal together. It doesn’t have to be a fancy affair, but it’s important to connect with these you love and what better way to do that than through food!
Sautéed Peas with Prosciutto & White Wine
- 2 12-ounce bags of frozen peas
- 1 small or 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- Olive oil
- 5 slices of imported prosciutto di parma
- Splash of good quality white wine, like Sauvignon Blanc
- Salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper
- Step 1 Sautee onions in a couple tbsp. of olive oil until softened, a few minutes.
- Step 2 Raise heat and add a good splash of white wine (about 1/4 cup) 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter. Allow it to reduce and meld together. Season with a pinch of salt and crushed red pepper. This is the flavor base for the peas, so we want big flavor here!
- Step 3 While wine and onions are cooking, chop the slices of prosciutto into small pieces
- Step 4 Add to the onions and sautée until the prosciutto starts to get golden brown (see pic below).
- Step 5 Add two 12-ounce bags of frozen green peas to the onion mixture and gently combine so the peas become coated with the onions and prosciutto. Keeping the heat on medium, add about 1/2 cup of water. Cover and simmer about 7 minutes, then uncover and allow the liquid to evaporate, about another 8 minutes.
- Step 6 Before removing from the heat, season one last time with salt, a few turns of freshly cracked black pepper and if desired, another pinch of crushed red pepper. Gently stir and remove from the heat. You don’t want the peas to be mushy, just tender with a slight bite.