Friday, November 11, 2011

Hamburger Gravy & LeSueur Peas...just like being at "home"

Since my dear husband is visiting the dentist today after work, I have planned a nice soft supper for the two of us. I think, OK I hope, that I can prepare this meal from my wheelchair (as I am still not allowed to put any weight on my previously injured knee). Tonight we will be having hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes and LeSueur peas. The photo above is, of course, from a past meal where we had the gravy on noodles. But I think, in light of the dental visit, mashed potatoes will be a better idea.

LeSueur Peas are a must, in my home, as an accompaniment for Hamburger Gravy! I suppose a great deal of my reasoning behind this is because LeSueur is my hometown, so these peas have some emotional attachment for me. But I have to say that LeSueur Peas are the ONLY peas I will eat from a can. First let me say, not all canned peas are created equal. The only canned peas I eat are LeSueur Peas. In fact, LeSueur Peas are so good that Paula Deen's Green Pea recipe from her Celebrates! cookbook consists of two cans of LeSueur Peas and a half stick of butter. That's it. Right there on page 70. The cookbook retails for $26.00 and the best pea recipe she can come up with is a can of LeSueur Peas. So if you think you don't like green peas, try LeSueur Peas.

What exactly are LeSueur Peas? Even though most of the followers of my blog are from "home" & know exactly what LeSueur Peas are, I will still explain. LeSueur Peas are canned peas (gasp!) canned in LeSueur, Minnesota (well, they USED to be canned in LeSueur), but they are the sweetest, most delicate little peas in the world. Once called "Early June Peas", they are smaller than normal peas. They taste amazingly sweet, yet still have an earthy flavor. Even better, the broth (okay, canning liquid) they come in is also wonderfully sweet and only a little bit salty.

I am not a big fan of canned veggies on the whole because they are full of salt and they have less nutritional value than either fresh or frozen. However, the LeSueur peas are so delicate I think they only way they can survive is in a can, which makes them one of two canned vegetables I’ll buy, the other being the occasional sliced mushroom when we are making pizza at home and I am feeling lazy. (I know what you’re thinking, tomatoes are a fruit!)