Green peas are a vegetable I often cook when I’m uninspired, so I was intrigued when I came across a recipe in a hundred-year-old cookbook for Green Peas Maitre d’Hotel. It sounded so fancy – and suggested that a boring vegetable could be really special. So I decided to give the recipe a try. The peas are immersed in butter, chopped mint leaves, and lemon juice.
The verdict: Green Peas Maitre d’Hotel were nice with a hint of mint, but the mint taste was very mild and nuanced; and I was a little disappointed that the peas in this recipe seemed very similar to just plain peas.
Here’s the original recipe:
Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
Green Peas Maitre d'Hotel
2 cups green peas
1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
In a small bowl mix butter, chopped mint, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper.
In the meantime, cook the peas in a small amount of boiling salted water until tender; drain. Then gently stir in the butter mixture. Return to heat until the butter melts, then serve.