SNOW PEAS WITH BUTTER AND LEMON
– 12 to 16 ounces of snow peas
– 2 teaspoons of salt
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter.
– 1 lemon, zested
– ¼ to ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted, optional
– Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Break the stem ends off the snow peas and pull off the strings. Rinse well.
Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 quarts of water and two teaspoons of salt. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Add the snow peas and let the water return to a boil.
Boil the pea pods for 30 to 45 seconds. Don’t overcook them, or they will lose their crunch.
Immediately drain the peas in a colander.
Wipe out the pan, making sure it is dry. Add the butter to the pan and place it over medium heat.
When the butter begins to sizzle, add the drained snow peas.
Sauté the pea pods in the butter, stirring, for about 1 minute.
Add the lemon zest and toasted almonds and continue cooking for 1 minute.