"How luscious lies the peas within the pod." ~ Emily Dickinson
What's a girl to do when she has a bowlful of fresh english peas? Make up some piselli al prosciutto, of course! Now honey, this dish may be simple and maybe even a bit old school but it sure isn't a bowl of your momma's mushy canned peas, that I can guarantee you! These are fresh, snappy green orbs of deliciousness coupled with some salty slips of prosciutto. Grown-up peas! Mangia!
Piselli al Prosciutto (Peas with Prosciutto) (adapted from Saveur)
1 lb. fresh English peas, shelled
1 small onion, minced
2-3 ounces of prosciutto, roughly chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Blanch the peas in boiling water for 90 seconds. Take out.
2. Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the chopped onions and saute until tender.Then add the prosciutto and cook until the prosciutto begins to crisp (about 1 to 2 minutes).
2. Add the peas and one tablespoon of water; saute, tossing for about 5 minutes.
3. Remove pan from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.