Entrees would be nothing (well, not as good) without delicious side dishes. I grow a lot of peas each summer and we eat them all winter long. But peas with salt and butter are pretty plain so I like to jazz things up from time to time. Peas with caramelized red onions & balsamic vinegar are a great way to serve peas in a new way.
This recipe is super easy and fast. Just cut thin slices of red onion (for the two of use I use about 6 slices) and melt butter in a skillet. Toss the onions in with the butter over medium high heat and let the onions caramelize. I use my cast iron skillet and it doesn’t take more than about 10 minutes to cook them. I like some pieces pretty dark and others just a nice caramel color.
Next I add in a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinegar and stir it to coat the onions.
Finally I add the peas right in the skillet and stir them gently to coat them. I only cook them for a couple of minutes; just enough to get the peas nice and hot.
I season them with a little salt and pepper and they’re ready to serve! Easy peasy, right? Get it?
Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin and then cut in half
- 1 – 2 tablespoons butter (I start with 1 and add the second if I need it)
- 3 – 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add sliced onions and cook until caramelized (10 – 12 minutes).
- Add balsamic vinegar and stir to coat onions.
- Add peas and gently stir to coat with vinegar.
- Cook until peas are hot (2 minutes).