Last night's dinner needed something green...it was roast, with mashed potatoes. It needed another veggie...or at least I thought it needed another.
So..I took looked up creamed peas...I know that I've heard of it..couldn't find what I was looking for. And I had 4 bags of peas in the freezer. Then I looked up creamed spinach and it let me to The Pioneer Woman (who is awesome, as is her new show!)...and who am I to disregard a blogger mom turned Food Network star (all time dream folks!!)-but of course I had to make the recipe my own.
It was good. The creamy offsets the spinach. The peas give it a nice sweet texture. And the addition of a panko top and some cream cheese just take it to the moon!
Creamed Spinach and Peas (adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
1 stick butter
8 tablespoons flour
2 tsp granulated garlic
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup heavy cream
1lb frozen chopped spinach*
1lb frozen green peas
2oz cream cheese-softened
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs dusted with ranch powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Oven at 400
Melt the stick of butter in a large saucepot-once melted at the flour and mix (this is your roux)-cook it about 3-4 minutes. Add onions and garlic powder, and cook another 3-4. Add milk and cream-whisk, whisk, whisk! Add pepper and nutmeg-whisk!
Fold in spinach and peas.
Pinch in cream cheese-
Add to 8x8 baking dish-
top with panko
Bake for 15-20 or until bubbly.
Perfect side dish folks!
* my spinach was a steamer bag. if you have one of the blocks of chopped spinach you'll want to defrost it and squeeze out the excess moisture.