Enjoy these Creamed Peas and Potatoes with peas and potatoes fresh from your garden or from the Farmer’s market. Served up in a delicious white sauce, with a bit of onion and lots of salt and pepper.
This dish isn’t an everyday vegetable dish, but it’s certainly a delicious way to celebrate fresh garden peas and those lovely little new potatoes. It’s comfort food in vegetable form and yes, that’s totally a thing :)
Creamed Peas and Potatoes is a dish that was enjoyed for many years, especially by farmers or anyone with a garden that found that the new potatoes and garden peas were ready for harvest at the same time. It has not been as popular in recent years, probably because of the “creamed” in the name.
Fact is though, there isn’t a drop of cream in this dish. It starts with just one tablespoon of butter, some flour for thickening and one cup of milk (I used 2%, but you could easily use 1%). So while it’s not a dish that you’d eat every day, it’s an absolutely delicious way to enjoy garden fresh peas and potatoes once in a while. (It’s also a great Thanksgiving side dish, by the way!)
And if you’ve never enjoyed this dish and you’re thinking it looks rich, I can only try to assure you that it just really isn’t. It’s the kind of creamy that’s more about the creamy texture than the creamy taste, if that makes sense.
Salt and pepper are crucial to the success of this dish. If you take a bite and it tastes bland, add more salt! Just remember that none of the ingredients are adding any salt to the dish, so you’ll need to do it along the way and at the end. Boil your potatoes in salted water. Once your sauce is made, taste and add seasoning as necessary.
So if you’re at the market right about now and you see some garden peas and little, new potatoes on offer, I hope you’ll give this one a try!
What are New Potatoes? New potatoes are simply potatoes that have been shipped to market without being stored for any time. They are typically small and they have a paper thin skin, that rubs off easily. New potatoes are favoured as they are more moist and sweeter than potatoes that have been stored.
Again (for emphasis :), use a generous hand with the salt when seasoning this dish.
This dish is best eaten right when made, but left-overs can be refrigerated and re-heated. Simply add a splash of milk to it when re-heating to loosen the sauce.
You can certainly make this dish with frozen peas and/or mini potatoes when garden fresh peas and new potatoes are out of season.
Get the Recipe: Creamed Peas and Potatoes
- 12 small new potatoes
- 1 cup fresh garden peas, can use frozen if out of season
- 1 Tbsp. salted butter
- 2 Tbsp. red onion, finely chopped, can use yellow onions
- 1 Tbsp. flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp. salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Start water boiling in two medium-large saucepans on your stovetop. Add peas to boiling water. Don't salt, but add a pinch of sugar to the water. Cook until just tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Unless potatoes are really tiny, cut in half. Cook in salted boiling water until tender, about 10 minutes (test with a knife). Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook, stirring, until onion is softened. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Slowly begin adding milk, stirring continuously, until well combined. Add cooked peas and potatoes and salt and pepper. Reduce heat slightly and allow sauce to simmer until thickened to a creamy sauce. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed (should not taste bland). Remove to a serving dish.
This dish is a little bit of heaven.Having it with a Shepard pie and it is very tasty.
So glad you are enjoying it, Charles :) Thanks so much!
I just had to add this, everyone’s talking GRANDMA’S HOUSE, I always knew I was BLESSED because my GRANDMA & GRANDPA LIVED WITH OUR FAMILY ALL THEIR LIVES. My GrandPa passed away when I was 10 years old and my GRANDMA passed away about 20 years later. So, actually my GRANDMA raised my brother and me because both my parents had to work to make a living……
GOD BLESS GRANDMA & GRANDPA…….
Ummmm GOOD, just like GRANDMA used to make for me back in the day…..
Thanks ever so much……
John F……..HAYS, KANSAS..
So glad you enjoyed them, John :) Thanks so much!
Is it possible to use this recipe in a slow cooker? If so when do you add the garden peas and when do you add the white sauce? Thanks!
Hi Patty, I’m not sure this one adapts very well to cook it in a slow cooker, as you need to boil the peas and potatoes first, then make a white sauce, neither of which really plays to the slow-cooker. What you could do though is make ahead and reheat/keep warm in a slow-cooker, if you’re thinking about entertaining.
I’m 61 (shhhh -don’t tell anyone! :) and I can clearly remember my Grandmother making this for me. Her best friend ran a working farm just a jump up the hill from her. And we’d go up the hill and harvest the sweetest peas and most delictable new potatoes. The first time she “made a mess” of this recipe, I took one bite and the rest was history. Needless to say, as fast as she made them, they would disappear down my tummy. God bless this wonderful woman. I was so blessed to have had her until she was 95. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I will be making this recipe tomorrow!
What a wonderful story and I always love when food evokes nostalgic memories. This one does for me, too! Enjoy :)
This dish with a side of salad sounds like dinner for me. Im going to cheat a bit and add a little alfredo sauce and mozzarella instead as I dont have the other ingredients on hand atm. Thanks for sharing.
Wow! I made this as a side dish with grilled pork chops tonight and it was so yummy. I used fresh, garden baby red potatoes and peas. It reminds me of the peas and potatoes soup my grandmother and mother used to make when I was a child. I’m saving this one in my recipe book for sure. Thank you so much for sharing!!!
So glad you enjoyed it, Michelle :) Thanks!
I haven’t had this in well over 53 years when my Mama used to make it as a side for our Sunday dinners. I added pearl onions and a jalapeno to kick it up cause I’m a Texan. Besides bringing back a taste of nostalgia it was as delicious as I remembered. Thanks for the recipe and memory!!
So glad to hear, Katherine :) Thanks!
Thank you for posting this. My mom used to make this a lot and we loved it! She added fresh parsley to it which gave it a nice flavor.
So glad, Nancy. I have nostalgic memories of this dish, as well :)
My mom used to make this to go over salmon loaf. I loved it so I’m sure I’ll love your recipe. Thanks for reminding me!
My Grandmother was the one who made it for me. I always loved it and still do. Enjoy :)
There is something so inviting about this simple side. In fact I could make a meal out of it! Those peas are gorgeous and the potatoes too – summer produce is amazing and so is this recipe :)
I would define a new potato as a baby potato or one that is small… and hasn’t grown in the ground as long… they are usually tiny, bite sized… and if too large could be cut in half… but if it is a FULL grown potato that is fresh out of the ground I would not call a new potato. New potatos are harvested in June/ july verses full grown potatoes are harvested closer to Sept/ Oct.
Comfort food in vegetable form?! SIGN ME UP! This looks seriously beyond, Jennifer! And I LOOOVE that there isn’t a drop of cream in here! Reduced fat milk means I can eat at least 4 vats of this deliciousness! WINNING for sure!! Such a great use of peas (and new potatoes)! Cheers, friend!
Thanks so much, Cheyanne! And yes, it’s not nearly as sinful as it looks :)
I’m pretty sure that this should be my everyday vegetarian side dish ;) Except for the part that I would probably gain 20lbs. It looks so decadent and perfect. I’ll save this one for the holidays!
Haha! Yes, this is definitely not an everyday dish, but a really nice once-in-a-while treat :)
Oh my! I love the creaminess of this and it looks so rich even without heavy cream. I agree that this would be a perfect Thanksgiving side. Can’t wait to try!
Thanks Cathy :)
I’m all for a little comfort food! Can’t wait to give this a try when the weather cools off a bit :).
Thanks Laura! It’s a nice treat :)
These creamy potatoes sound super! Love the peas in there too :)
Thanks so much Katrina :)
My husband Tom is going to be all over this dish Jennifer! Can’t wait to make it for him! Made your s’mores bars last night for dinner guests! They were a huge hit!
Thanks Mary Ann! And ao glad you enjoyed the s’mores bars :)
this reminds me of my grandma in the best, most delicious way! :)
Same here, Grace. A wonderfully nostalgic dish for many people, I think :)