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Snow Peas with Toasted Almonds

I was really wanting to make a vegetable dish for Easter dinner that I had never made before. It’s so easy for me to stick with my traditional “go to” dishes like garlic green beans or some sort of roasted asparagus but I was determined not to fall back on those and find something new. I was stuck and made no progress until my friend Mike forwarded me an email from Epicurious that had tons of Easter recipes. This Snow Peas with Toasted Almonds recipe jumped out at me and it was outstanding!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10 min; Cook Time – 10 min.

Ingredients:

1 T. unsalted butter

1/4 c. sliced almonds

1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed

2 T. minced shallots

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

salt

Preparing Snow Peas with Toasted Almonds:

First, don’t forget to prepare the snow peas so they are well hydrated and crisp.

Then, melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and cook until golden and fragrant and butter begins to brown, stirring frequently, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add snow peas and shallot; sauté until snow peas are crisp-tender, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat; add lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and serve.

Snow Peas with Toasted Almonds

Variations:

This dish would be great with sugar snap peas if you prefer those over snow peas. 

Meal Ideas:

I served this on Easter Sunday with Beer Can Chicken, Ribs and Syrian Rice.

Seriously? You had to have Mike forward you an email for inspiration?! What am I, chopped liver? ~Melissa

 

Spinach Salad with Roasted Garlic and Warm Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, blue cheese and red onion

Before my husband and I had kids, we would make dinner together on Sunday nights. We would try something new every week and most of the dishes were a little labor intensive since we had the time to spare! Oh those were the days! This Spinach Salad with Roasted Garlic and Warm Bacon Dressing is part of the last meal we actually made together! I found it years ago in Bon Appetite.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 45 min

Ingredients:

1/4 cup plus 3 T. olive oil
1/4 cup peeled garlic cloves (about 12 large ones)
4 bacon slices, chopped
1/4 cup Sherry wine vinegar
2 T. minced shallots
1 T. dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. light molasses
1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon or 3/4 tsp. dried
1 1/2 6 oz. packages ready to use baby spinach leaves
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup crumbled blue cheese

Preparing Spinach Salad with Roasted Garlic and Warm Bacon Dressing:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine 1/4 cup oil and garlic in a small baking dish. Cover with foil; bake until garlic is very tender, about 45 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer garlic to work surface and finely chop. Transfer garlic to medium bowl. Reserve roasted garlic oil.

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels. Pour drippings into medium bowl. Add vinegar, shallot, mustard, honey, molasses and tarragon. Whisk to blend. Add roasted garlic, garlic oil, bacon and remaining 3 T. olive oil and whisk to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Place spinach, sliced onion and blue cheese in a large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Serve.

Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing, blue cheese and red onion