STEAMED SUGAR SNAP PEAS WITH TOASTED SESAME SEEDS (for six)
1-1/2 pounds sugar snap peas, trimmed
1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1-1.2 teaspoons sesame seeds, preferably black and white, toasted
- Put the peas in a steamer basket, rinse them under cold tap water and set them aside to drain while you bring the steaming water to a boil.
- Add a couple of inches of cold tap water to the pan of a vegetable steamer (it should come just below, but not touch, the steamer basket). Put the lid on top and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
- Remove the lid and place the steamer basket with the sugar snaps into the steamer over the boiling water. Cover, reduce the temperature to medium and steam for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the peas are crisp tender and still a vivid green. Immediately run the peas, still in the steamer basket, under cold tap water for several minutes to stop the cooking and retain the bright color.
- In a large heavy skillet heat the sugar snap peas with the sesame oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until they are hot. Sprinkle with 1-½ teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (a combination of black and white sesame seeds looks great).
adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, April, 2000