This is Jamie Oliver’s version of a classic French dish. He swears that you can make it in literally a few minutes and guarantees that practically everyone who turns their nose up at having some lettuce in with their peas will be converted. Serves 4
1 knob of butter (1-2 tablespoon)
Olive oil (1 tablespoon)
1 heaped teaspoon flour
1¼ cups organic chicken or vegetable stock
6 spring onions, trimmed, outer leaves discarded, finely sliced
1¾ cups fresh (or frozen) peas
2 Little Gem lettuces, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
Slowly heat the butter and a good lug of olive oil in a pan. Add the flour and stir around, then slowly pour in the stock. Turn up the heat and add the spring onions, peas and lettuce with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Put the lid on and simmer for 5 minutes or until tender. Taste, correct the seasoning and squeeze in a little lemon juice. Serve drizzled with a splash of good oil. It’s fantastic served with a piece of fish.
— Adapted from: www.jamieoliver.com
COOK’S NOTE: Little Gem lettuce is a soft lettuce with a delicate flavor and a hint of crunch. But you can use any lettuce or tender cooking green!
Photo by Alison Penn