And since we were cooking a meal for six, we needed some sides that were a bit less involved. This recipe practically leapt off the page.
Sugar snap peas are delightful. Their sweet, fresh taste lightens up any meal and makes for a wonderful side, especially when you throw mint and orange zest into the mix.
In addition to being delicious and fresh, these peas make a wonderful side because they come together so quickly. Seriously, it almost takes longer to read the recipe than to cook it.
If you can find good quality peas, this is a recipe that can serve as a staple in your kitchen throughout the summer. We're sure to use it many more times.
Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Orange
Bon Appétit (June 2008)
(This photo: Bon Appétit)
* 12 oz sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 3 1/2 cups)
* 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
* 1 tablespoon water
* 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
* 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
Cook peas in large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes; drain. Do ahead: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Melt butter in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in 1 tablespoon water. Stir in mint and orange peel; add sugar snap peas and sauté just until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.