Tiny bite-sized sweet pearl onions floating with tender sweet peas in a light but creamy sauce. These just seem to go with everything on the plate! This is another one of those dishes I cannot imagine skipping on Thanksgiving. It’s right up there with the roast turkey and the mashed potatoes. I have a thing for creamy onions!
And you can use frozen pearl onions in this recipe. Frozen pearl onions are not already cooked, but they are peeled, which is a huge time saver. Yes, sometimes I peel my own pearl onions when I am willing to spend a bit of extra time on a special dish. Here is everything you need to know about blanching and peeling pearl onions. And sometimes I buy frozen. This dish will work with either fresh or frozen pearl onions!
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Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions: This is a classic Thanksgiving and holiday side — colorful, fresh, and goes with everything!Tweet This
- Heavy cream – Put the creaminess in the creamed peans and pearl onions!
- Chicken broth – I recommend less-sodium so you can control the salt in the dish.
- Bay leaf – Adds lovely flavor to the sauce.
- Pearl onions – Use frozen or fresh and peeled (see this easy peeling method!)
- Frozen or fresh peas – Either works perfectly, though I am not a fan of canned here.
- Unsalted butter – Just a bit.
- Minced parsley – Add a pop of freshness and color.
How to Make Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions
- Heat the sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
- Add onions and simmer: Add the onions and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the onions are tender and the sauce has thickened and reduced slightly.
- Add the peas: Continue to simmer for 5 more minutes until the peas are cooked and hot.
- Serve: Remove the bay leaf, stir in the butter and parsley, and turn into a serving bowl. Serve hot.
Storage and Reheating
Creamed Onions and Peas will last for up to 4 days in a tightly sealed container. You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge, and then gently reheat in a pot on the stove before serving. Stir frequently.
You can also reheat the onions and peas in the microwave. Use short 30-second bursts and stir in between each heating period to heat them through more evenly.
What to Serve With Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions
More Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- Braised Cippolini Onions
- Cranberry Sauce
- Fresh Green Bean Casserole
- Mashed Potatoes
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Cornbread Dressing
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Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions
- In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Add the onions and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the onions are tender and the sauce has thickened and reduced slightly.
- When the onions have become tender, add the peas and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes until the peas are cooked and hot. Remove the bay leaf, stir in the butter and parsley, and turn into a serving bowl. Serve hot.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.