su-Peas and Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Black Pepper
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Jesse Silver
YieldsServes 8 to 10Total Time30 mins
AuthorMargo True,
Right before serving, grind fresh pepper straight into the serving bowl--you want that spicy burst mingling with the sweet smell of melting butter.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Put potatoes in a large heavy saucepan with bay leaves, salt to taste, and enough water to barely cover. Bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat and simmer potatoes until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2
2

Drain all but 1/4 cup water from potatoes. Add peas (rinse with cold water if frozen) and salt to taste. Cook over medium-heat until peas are just tender and warmed through, about 7 minutes for fresh peas and 5 for frozen. Drain. Stir in half of butter and grind in pepper.

Step 3
3

Serve hot, topped with remaining butter.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: For potatoes, a few hours (keep them in the pot and tip out most of the water). Add peas and reheat.

Step 5
5

*Mediterranean bay leaves, the traditional type used in cooking, have an oval shape and milder flavor than California bay leaves, which are long and pointed and have a pungent flavor.

Ingredients

  About 1 lb. tiny yellow or red thin-skinned potatoes, scrubbed
 2 dried Mediterranean bay leaves*
  Kosher salt
 5 cups fresh shelled or frozen peas
 5 tablespoons butter, softened
 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Step 1
1

Put potatoes in a large heavy saucepan with bay leaves, salt to taste, and enough water to barely cover. Bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat and simmer potatoes until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2
2

Drain all but 1/4 cup water from potatoes. Add peas (rinse with cold water if frozen) and salt to taste. Cook over medium-heat until peas are just tender and warmed through, about 7 minutes for fresh peas and 5 for frozen. Drain. Stir in half of butter and grind in pepper.

Step 3
3

Serve hot, topped with remaining butter.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: For potatoes, a few hours (keep them in the pot and tip out most of the water). Add peas and reheat.

Step 5
5

*Mediterranean bay leaves, the traditional type used in cooking, have an oval shape and milder flavor than California bay leaves, which are long and pointed and have a pungent flavor.

Peas and Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Black Pepper