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What are peas?

Peas are a type of legume that are typically round, small and green. They are often used in cooking and can be eaten fresh or dried. They are a good source of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. Peas are also used as a food for livestock and as an ingredient in some industrial food products.

How do you cook peas?

There are several ways to cook peas, including steaming, boiling, and sautéing.

To steam peas, place them in a steamer basket over boiling water and cover with a lid. Steam for about 3-5 minutes, or until tender.

To boil peas, place them in a pot of boiling water and cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until tender.

To sauté peas, heat some oil or butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the peas and cook for about 3-5 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.

You can also add the peas to soups and stews, or mix them with other vegetables or pasta to make a salad.

It is important to note that fresh peas are more delicate and need less cooking time than frozen or dried peas.

What are some good dishes that use peas?

There are many dishes that use peas as an ingredient, here are a few examples:

  • Pea soup: A classic dish made with fresh or frozen peas, onions, potatoes, and stock.
  • Pea and mint risotto: A traditional Italian dish made with Arborio rice, peas, mint, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Pea and ham hock soup: A hearty soup made with split peas, ham hock, carrots, onions and potatoes.
  • Pea and bacon pasta: A simple dish made with pasta, peas, bacon and parmesan cheese.
  • Pea and ricotta tart: A savory tart made with puff pastry, ricotta cheese, peas, and herbs.
  • Pea and chicken curry: A flavorful dish made with peas, chicken, and an Indian-style curry sauce.
  • Pea and pancetta risotto: A dish made with Arborio rice, peas, pancetta and parmesan cheese.
  • Pea and feta dip: A dip made with peas, feta, yoghurt and herbs, typically served with crackers or pita bread.

These are just a few examples of dishes that use peas as an ingredient. Peas can be used in many different types of dishes, from soups and stews, to pasta dishes, risottos, tarts and curries.

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