Cooking Classics: Lemon-Thyme Fresh Lady Pea Relish


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Lemon-Thyme Fresh Lady Pea Relish

Relish them. You see them at your local farm stand so go ahead & pick some up. When lady peas come into season, the possibilities are endless as to what you can do with them. These small field peas are more tender & sweeter than others in the family such as black-eyed, pink-eyed & crowder peas. The good news is that they can be substituted in a pinch. Once they have been cooked, toss them in a homemade vinaigrette & hold them in the refrigerator. Spoon them over a Fried Okra & Tomato Napoleon for a burst of fresh seasonal flavor. For an effortless appetizer, spread goat cheese on crackers or crostini & top with the peas & scallions. Toss them with chopped tomato, minced jalapeno & grilled corn cut from the cob. Serve this irresistible combination over a cheese quesadilla for a summer stunner. Learn how to prepare fresh lady peas for a number of delicious summer dishes as well as how to extract a good bit of lemon juice properly in order to make the recipe.


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Lemon-Thyme Fresh Lady Pea Relish
makes 3 cups

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme leaves
1 Tbsp honey
1 small garlic clove, pressed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
3 cups cooked Basic Fresh Lady Peas
Garnish: Fresh thyme sprigs

Whisk together first 5 ingredients. Whisk in the oil in a slow steady stream. Season with salt & pepper. Add the cooked Basic Fresh Lady Peas. Garnish, if desired. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.


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How To Juice Fresh Lemons

Lemons can be used in both sweet & savory foods pairing well with just about anything making them extremely versatile. When choosing them from produce bins, select fruit with a bright, uniform color. Pick them up & gently press them in your hand. They should feel firm with a slight give to them. If the zest is desired, take care of that task first by running the outer portion over a microplane grater, then slice the lemons in half for juicing. Extracting it from the citrus is simple when the correct tool is used.


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 When fresh lemon juice is needed for recipe applications, it’s important to have the right device that will release every bit. A glass juicer where the reamer is set over a small bowl to collect the juice can be used or my preferred choice is a lemon press. These valuable tools are generally coated with a non-reactive finish to prevent the acid from producing off flavors. Citrus halves can be placed in the custom fit compartment then the handles pressed together to extract the juice over a small bowl. It’s efficient enough to press every bit of juice quickly. Once the task is complete, the pulp & seeds will be left behind. Simply remove the used lemon halves & discard them. Before adding the juice to recipe applications, pour it through a small fine wire mesh sieve to collect any seeds or unwanted bits of pulp that may be in the bowl.

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