Creamed Fresh Peas

This is honestly one of my favorite accompaniments to a fried chicken dinner. Try it once and you’ll fall in love with the combination.

1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups fresh peas
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water

Add the milk, sugar, salt, and pepper in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat to warm the milk, but do not simmer. If the milk boils it will likely separate. Whisk to dissolve the sugar.

Add the butter and let it melt, then add the peas.  Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes for fresh peas.  Again watch to keep below a simmer.

While the peas are cooking, whisk the flour into the water in a small bowl to make a slurry.

The peas should be soft but not mushy, and the fresh peas should still have a little pop when you bite into them. Add the flour mixture to the peas and gently stir. Raise the heat just slightly so the milk bubbles around the edges of the pan, and stir constantly until the mixture thickens to a sauce consistency you desire.

Serve immediately.

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