Dear Cook’s Notebook: I inadvertently discarded my copy of the paper that included Clinkerdagger’s recipe for a green pea salad. It is my sister’s favorite, and her birthday is coming up soon. Could you please send me a copy of it? Madelyn, of Spokane
Dear Madelyn: We’ve probably missed your sister’s birthday, but here’s the recipe for the popular salad from Clinkerdagger nonetheless.
Broadway Pea Salad
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces snow peas, bud and strings removed
31/2 pounds frozen baby peas, thawed but not cooked (see note)
5 ounces water chestnuts, sliced
3 ounces bacon, cooked crisp and chopped 1/4-inch pieces
21/2 ounces red onion, 1/4-inch dice
Blend together mayonnaise, sour cream, white pepper and salt. Combine snow peas, baby peas, water chestnuts, bacon and red onions with dressing until ingredients are well coated.
Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving. Stir twice each day to redistribute dressing.
Note: Peas must be naturally thawed. Slow thawing under refrigeration is best. Room temperature is acceptable, but do not place in water. Place the thawed peas on paper-towel lined pans and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to purge the remaining excess moisture from the peas. If peas are not thoroughly thawed or have been thawed in water and not properly drained, they will dilute the dressing.
Yield: 8 servings
Approximate nutrition per serving: 367 calories, 19.7 grams fat (5.6 grams saturated, 48 percent fat calories), 14 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrate, 29 milligrams cholesterol, 10 grams dietary fiber, 838 milligrams sodium.
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