Pea loaf is a delicious and nutrient-rich side dish to meats and fish which is a simple healthy recipe to make requiring only a few pantry staples namely green peas, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, and salt and pepper to taste. The green peas need to be mashed and the milk needs to be scalded before adding to the other ingredients. To make this healthy recipe you can use fresh or frozen peas. To make pea loaf you can also use canned or dried peas healthy recipe. The method for mashing peas depends on whether the pea is fresh or processed.
You need to take the peas out of the pod by pricking the ends of the shell and splitting the pod open to reveal the peas since fresh peas are often sold in their pods. Place the peas in a colander and wash them under cold water. Then in a pot of boiling water, just enough to cover the entire volume of the peas, boil the peas for about two to three minutes until tender. Drain the water. Mash the peas with a fork or puree them using a blender or food processor. Do not overcook the peas or they will lose their bright green color and their flavor will be diminished. Frozen peas cook about the same time as fresh peas. You can place them in the boiling water straight from the freezer. Prior to freezing most frozen peas have been partially cooked.
You can heat the peas using the liquid that they were soaked and preserved in if you are using canned peas. Drain the water out after heating it for a bit. Canned peas have already been cooked and are ready to eat so you only need to heat it. You can mash it straight from the can or heat it for a little bit before mashing. Then add to the other ingredients to make pea loaf.
8 5/6 mashed green peas
Seasonings to taste
1. Over the breadcrumbs pour milk to form a soft paste. Then let it stand for 5 minutes.
2. Then add the peas, egg and seasonings and mix. Pour into a buttered loaf tin.
3. In a 350 degrees F oven bake for 30 minutes. Serve as vegetable.