Spring has sprung here in Northern California. The sweet peas are blossoming, the snap peas are climbing, and I have peas on my brain!
Today I had a hankering for snow peas and cooked up a bunch this afternoon just for the heck of it. There are so many ways to prepare snow peas, the only thing you really don't want to do is to over-cook them.
This is a simple stir-fry with pine nuts, garlic, sesame oil, and a little mint. What's your favorite snow peas recipe?
Snow Peas with Pine Nuts and Mint
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 pound snow peas, rinsed, dried, tips of the ends cut off, strings removed
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 10 large mint leaves, chopped
Sauté snow peas, garlic, pine nuts:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the snow peas, garlic, and pine nuts. Stir to coat with the oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring.
You do not want to overcook the snow peas or they will get limp. They should still be a little bit crunchy.
Remove from heat. Stir in the sesame oil and chopped mint leaves: