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    Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions

    Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions – This is a simple, super easy, speedy side dish… A classic from your grandma’s generation.

    Sweet peas slathered in creamy white sauce, sprinkled with pearl onions. That’s it. No bake it, no slave for it. Perfect side dish contender for your holiday table.

    Yes those grandmas knew best and nailed it right… 🙂

    Close up of a pan of creamed peas with pearl onions.

    This side dish is an under 20 minutes thing that you can whip up in a zippy, while your turkey and others are occupying your oven. You can even make this a couple of days in advance and just reheat it before serving. All good.

    All you need is some pretty basic pantry staples and pearl onions. 🙂 I am sure Jason wouldn’t mind if I skip them. But even he is a happy camper with this one, as according to him it’s so easy to weed them out compared to chopped onions.

    Anyways, we will give you some other variations later. Read on…

    Creamed Peas Ingredients

    A bowl of frozen pearl onions.
    • Peas – You can use frozen, canned or even fresh. In the case of fresh peas, you just need to cook them till soft. We are going with frozen and just thawing them before.
    • Pearl onions – Frozen or jarred, again we are using frozen.
    • Cream – You can use milk for a lighter version.
    • Butter
    • Flour
    • Salt, pepper and sugar
    • Chives (optional) – For garnishing.

    How to Make Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions

    Basically this is just peas and onions in creamy white or béchamel sauce. Start with melting the butter in a pan and sauté the pearl onions for a few minutes. Add in peas and give it a stir for a minute.

    Peas added into the pan.

    Spoon in flour and stir it for a minute, smoothing out any lumps. Then gradually pour in cream, stirring continuously.

    Season with salt, pepper and sugar to your liking. Cook for 2-3 minutes till the sauce thickens. Hmm… yum. Dish it out and garnish with chives… Easy peasssyyyyy!! 🙂

    Some variations

    1. Don’t want onions? Jason would be happy with this one. Simply omit them and it becomes just creamed peas.
    2. Want to add some other veggies? Sautéed carrots, potatoes or mushrooms would pair beautifully with the peas.
    3. How about some salty crunchy fried bacon? I think that would be excellent.

    What to Serve with Creamed Peas

    1. Of course with your Holiday Turkey.
    2. Goes great with Pork Chops, Salisbury Steak, or BBQ Ribs.
    3. Over some Mashed Potatoes.
    4. Over nicely toasted bread.
    Pan of creamed peas and pearl onions garnished with chives.

    Well, I am going to keep it short and simple for these peas. Try them. Make your life simpler and easier around the holidays. We need more easy ones like these in our lives.

    They will come to you all the time when you subscribe to GypsyPlate… Happy Holidays! 🙂

    Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions, in our Gypsy Bowl… enjoy!

    Peas and pearl onions in the Gypsy Bowl.

    Try these other great holiday sides!
    Southern Squash Casserole
    Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
    Chili Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
    Green Rice Casserole
    Butternut Squash Blossom
    Sweet Potato Casserole
    Cherry Tomato Gratin
    Fruity Nutty Crispy Brussels Sprouts

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    Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions

    Yield: 8 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes

    Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions is one of the most classic holiday sides. It's also one of the easiest, so you can save your efforts!


    • 2 12oz packages frozen green peas (see note 1)
    • 1 14oz package frozen pearl onions
    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 2 Tbsp flour
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Chives for garnishing


    1. Thaw peas. Simmer frozen onions in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain.
    2. Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add onions, sauté 5 minutes.
    3. Add peas, sauté 1 minute. Season with salt, pepper and sugar.
    4. Add flour and mix well, cook for one minute until peas and onions are nicely coated.
    5. Gradually add cream, stirring continuously, and cook till thickened.
    6. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Garnish with chives.


    1. If using fresh peas, first cook in water till soft.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 8 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 242Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 45mgSodium 83mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 5gSugar 9gProtein 6g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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