Do you have a hard time getting your family to eat their vegetables? The buttery white sauce on these Old-Fashioned Creamed Peas will have them asking for seconds.
Peas in a creamy white sauce is a new way to get your kids (and husbands) to eat this healthy green vegetable. You can make this cream peas recipe in a jiffy with only butter, flour, half and half, salt, pepper and peas.
Old-Fashioned Creamed Peas
Creamed peas remind us of visits with our Aunt Peggy growing up. Barbara had never had peas that way (and honestly didn’t really like them at the time). The only way Barbara used to like peas was in Old Fashioned Pea Salad.
One weekend, Aunt Peggy whipped up creamed peas with our lunch, and she was hooked. Barbara special requested them to the point that Peggy just knew to make them when she was coming over.
She has been on a hunt for sometime to find a written recipe for creamed peas with frozen peas. At last, she turned to her copy of America’s Cook Book. Now this book is definitely old fashioned. It doesn’t have pictures, and it reads like a regular book. We bet there are over 1000 recipes total, and most recipes has a variety of versions and modifications.
For instance, Barbara started in the vegetable chapter under the peas section. It was here she found a recipe for boiled peas but it referred her back to the creamed vegetables page. When she got to this page, it sent her to the page for a Cream Sauce. So she flipped to this page which then sent her to the page for a basic white sauce. Sounds tricky, but the recipe was spot on.
She made this for lunch for her boys (aka her husband and 2 year old son). In all honesty, her husband, Kevin, doesn’t like peas. But guess what, he loved them. And he ate two helpings. Her 2-year-old can be very spotty on what vegetables he eats as well, but he devoured them too.
How to Make Old-Fashioned Creamed Peas
Cook a bag of frozen peas according the directions on the back. We prefer the stove top version as follows. Boil a small amount of water in a saucepan. Once it comes to a boil, pour it over the frozen peas, and let cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and stir until smooth and then for 30 seconds more to remove raw flour taste. Gradually add in half and half, stirring constantly with a whisk. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Cook for 3 additional minutes. Add salt and pepper. Drain the peas, and add the white sauce. Stir to incorporate and cover until peas are hot and bubbly (this only takes a couple minutes). Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
For the full recipe for cream peas, scroll to the bottom of this post.
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Old-Fashioned Creamed Peas
- 16 oz. frozen green peas
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Cook peas according to package instructions. I prefer this method. In a small saucepan, boil a small amount of salted water (approximately 4 cups). Pour the boiling water over the frozen peas just until they are covered. You may not need all the water. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked.
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and stir until smooth. Let cook for additional 30 seconds to remove raw flour taste.
- Over medium heat, slowly add in half and half to the butter/flour mixture while constantly whisking. Bring to a boil while constantly whisking, and let boil for approximately three minutes until it thickens.
- Add salt and pepper to the sauce.
- Drain the peas, and add to the white sauce; stir. Cover with a lid and cook until the peas are hot and the sauce is creamy, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
- Taste, add more salt and pepper if needed.