2 cups dried peas
1 quart water
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt or more
1 tsp. sugar
It is amazing how inexpensive, traditional, good food can be. I remember these creamed peas served with mama’s delectable meatballs (they taste good with any meat), or when we ate lutefisk. The dried peas only cost pennies a pound. If unavailable at your food market, check out your Scandinavian delicatessen or natural food stores.
Rinse the peas well and pick out any foreign objects.Place in water to soak overnight in a cool place.
Let peas simmer in the water they were soaked in, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Mix the flour with the butter and add to the peas and let simmer about 10 minutes longer.
Add salt and sugar to taste. If you wish you may add a peeled or diced carrot to the peas during the last half-hour of cooking. No sugar is needed if you add a carrot.
Ekte Norsk Mat–Authentic Norwegian Cooking is available for purchase, through the Vesterheim bookstore. Call toll free at (800) 979-3346.