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au gratin peas, cheesy peas, pea casserole

When I was young, creamed peas were a side dish staple that you could find served along with fried chicken or other comfort food dishes. I fell in love with this sweet creamy dish as a child. Nowadays it seems to be a rarity to find it on any restaurant menus.

Creamed peas are basically sweet peas in a white sauce or bechamel sauce. Sounds simple enough. Well, that was until I tried the au gratin peas at Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. Their sweet peas are baked and topped with a layer of cheddar cheese. Yes please and keep them coming!

That’s when I went on a quest to find the recipe! The one that came the closest, in my opinion, is Emeril’s Sweet Peas Au Gratin. I think it is because of the addition of his own seasoning mix Emeril’s Original Essence. I did, however, make this delicious recipe a little less glamorous. Here is my version of his dish. Enjoy!

Au Gratin Creamed Peas

Au Gratin Creamed Peas

Au Gratin Creamed Peas

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Creamed peas smothered in cheese with a crumb crust

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter + 1 tsp butter
  • 1 cup onions, minced
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 16oz bag organic frozen sweet peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Emerili's Original Essence
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x9 baking dish with the 1 teaspoon of butter and set aside.
  2. In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  3. Add the onions and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to make a paste.
  5. Slowly stir in the milk and whisk to blend the mixture. Bring to a bubbling simmer.
  6. Cook the flour mixture for 4 to 8 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  7. Add in the peas, salt & pepper to taste, stir to blend and pour into the 9x9 dish.
  8. In a small bowl mix the Emeri's Essence with the breadcrumbs, then sprinkle them over the peas. Top breadcrumbs with the shredded cheese.
  9. Bake for 20-25minutes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 300

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5 Comments

  1. Lisa Arnold says:

    Absolutely delicious! I have made this multiple times and it always gets rave reviews!

  2. Forgive me I confuse easily, are there “two” creamy au gratin English Pea recipes on this page.. if so, which one do you recommend that we use? Thank you SO much:))

  3. Hi Kim, this would fit perfectly in Food on Friday: August under the peas & beans theme. Hope you bring it on over to share with everybody. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

    1. Thanks for the invite Carole! I linked it up.
      Kim

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