French in a Flash: French Peas Recipe

Kerry Saretsky

There's a French restaurant in London called La Poule au Pot, or as my English cabbie called it, "that chicken in a pot place." What I love about La Poule au Pot is its homeyness: a fireplace that burns in the winter, dark round tables, wooden chairs, and tucked-away corners—that kind of place. And the food is like that too, as if your Mémé were in the kitchen instead of some French chef.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice." It's the same with vegetables from La Poule au Pot; I always order the vegetable side dish, but I've never gotten the same vegetable twice. A side of vegetables includes two different vegetables on a divided plate, and you can even say, "We're vegan," or, "I don't like zucchini," and they'll accommodate you.

But if you leave them to their own devices, they usually send out something special. These peas were one of my favorites, done with sweet shallots, salty diced ham, and a splash of sweet cream to match the sweet peas. So, here is my rendition. Nothing could be simpler or easier, and you can serve it with anything.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 shallot, finely diced

  • 2 1/2 ounces deli ham, cubed the same size as the peas

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 pound frozen peas, thawed

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon chervil, chopped


  1. In a wide skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the shallot, and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the ham, season with salt and pepper, and sauté 1 minute more. Add the peas and the water, lower the heat to low, and cook covered for 10 minutes.

  2. Add the cream, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Allow to continue cooking, uncovered, another 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce has thickened around the peas. Stir in the chervil, extra fresh pepper, and serve right away.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
122 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 122
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 404mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 225mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)