Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sesame Snow Peas

This is a very easy recipe and has gotten lots of praise from friends when I bring it to pot lucks. It is based on a recipe by Barefoot Contessa who, yes, I did refer to as snooty in a previous post, but she does have a good recipe every now and then. Please note that all measurements are approximate and can be adjusted to taste.

2 cups of snow peas, stem ends removed
pinch of kosher salt
teaspoon of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds (The original recipe calls for less but I love em so I use more)(Also, Barefoot Contessa uses black sesame seeds.)

Blanch your snow peas for maybe 30 seconds. Drain. Add the other ingredients and mix. Taste. Adjust oil and salt if needed, but use the sesame oil sparingly as it has a very strong flavor and aroma. Even though the seeds are already toasted, I sometimes like to freshen up the flavor by toasting them on the stove in a dry pan on low heat for a few minutes.

There is absolutely no reason for this photo being in this post. But, as long as it's here, see if you can guess why my friend named her cat "Shadow."


tut-tut said...

Snow peas are always welcome.

This morning, I was awakened to a deafening, shrieking fracas out back, as Soul took on White Cat, while Bear made encouraging growling noises from the sidelines. Lots of white fur left behind . . . Soul quite pleased, and Bear had a fluffed up tail in solidarity for quite a while.

SheR. said...

Yes I can see why the cat is named Shadow..

Snow peas with sesame? Never tried!

Furkidsmom said...

We love snow peas and Shadow is very appropriately named.

DineometerDeb said...

Tut: Lovely way to start the day!

Sher: You should try it, they go great together.

Fur: I will let my friend know you think so. They typically name their cats Cat 1 and Cat 2, so this is an improvement.

SheR. said...

Hur? You mean the cat and snow peas? :P Bad joke.

DineometerDeb said...

HAHAHAHA! That was funny but you will get hate mail from cat bloggers.

capybara said...

Never tried snow peas but that recipe looks really tasty. Funny how cats have the habit of cropping up in the most unusual places.