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SWEET PEA SAUCE
Sweet pea sauce

about 430 g can of peas in salt water (250 g of peas), either of the Finnish brand Jalostaja or the French Bonduelle *)
1 tbsp flour
salt
2 - 3 tsp sugar
butter
25 - 50 ml cream

Strain the peas and reserve the liquid, of which there should be about 200 millilitres. Mix the flour thoroughly with the liquid and pour the mixture in a saucepan through a strainer.

Stirring continually, bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 4 - 5 minutes. When the sauce has thickened, strain it once again to make sure there are no lumps in it.

Add the peas into the sauce and reheat it, stirring with a spoon. Do it very gently, so as not to break the delicate peas. Season with a pinch of salt and the sugar  —  the sauce should taste quite sweet.

Pea sauce with ham Add some cream to soften the taste and bring the sauce to the boil once more, stirring gently. Finally add a pat of butter to enhance the taste and make the sauce glossy. Serve the sauce with meatloaf, meatballs, ham or other meat dishes.

This sauce, created by my grandmother Nina, is always served among my family on Christmas dinner, to accompany the traditional baked Christmas ham.

*) Important note:
In this recipe it is most important to use a high-quality product of canned peas with a delicious taste, like those of the Finnish brand "Jalostaja". The product to use must only contain peas, water and salt and no other additives or artificial colours.

Unfortunately, there are great differences in the taste and quality of different canned pea products sold around the world, a fact I was shocked to discover when I once had to use "Tesco's garden peas in sugared salt water" instead of the regular Finnish brand I normally use. The Tesco peas have a horrible taste, unnatural, phosphorescent-like bright-green colour and slimy consistency, making them quite unfit to human consumption. The sauce made with them went straight to the bin...

If the only canned pea varieties available in your regular grocery store are of as low quality as those of Tesco's, it is truly worthwhile to look for good-quality products in some specialty gourmet stores or delis.

One brand of canned peas of tolerable quality, widely available around the world, is the French Bonduelle.

Recipe source: family recipe.


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