The light and lively taste of spring peas can't be matched. After waiting all winter for something fresh, they are the perfect side dish. Here are five herbs that are ideal for seasoning your spring pea recipes.
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Mint is the quintessential herb for peas. This is one place that more is better. Try it in both a mushy peas dish as well as a saute' pea in butter recipe.
MInt is best used when chopped and tossed into pea dishes after they have cooked. Many recipes call for adding a bit of citrus juice along with the mint.
A little bit of mint goes a long way. If you are growing your own, a container of mint growing on the deck or patio will provide all you need in the kitchen.
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Parsley is a surprisingly wonderful pairing for peas. The bright, almost citrus flavor of the herb, brings out the freshness of a simple pea saute.
Chopped parsley can be added to pea recipes before cooking begins, or can be added after cooking, just before serving. The citrus flavor will be especially strong if the parsley is added right before serving.
Fresh parsley is especially good. A container of parsley is very easy to grow indoors and will provide fresh parsley whenever you need it.
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Rosemary is notorious for having a strong, resinous flavor. It pairs very well with peas, especially in a rich pea soup. Now is a good time to use up the dried rosemary you had been saving from last year, as the flavor is still delicious. If adding dried rosemary, mince it especially well. If you add it early in the cooking process, it will have time to soften a bit in the dish before serving.
Rosemary may take extra cooking time if you are using it in a soup, but the added flavor is delicious... and well worth it the effort.
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Sage is an herb you may have in large quantities if you are growing it in your garden. But you'll find plenty of use for it in spring pea dishes.
In a dish of fresh peas blended into a thick dip, fried sage leaves can be used to scoop up and eat the mixture.
Chopped sage is a strongly-flavored herb that is used to best effect in casseroles and soups calling for peas along with other ingredients. It is especially useful in recipes that also call for strongly flavored meats.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Summer savory (an annual herb with a milder taste the perennial winter savory) pairs wells with lighter-flavored foods, making it a perfect addition in a simple dish of fresh, buttery spring peas.
Stronger-flavored winter savory can be a good addition to stews, soups, and casseroles containing multiple ingredients, including peas.