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Peas with Browned Butter, Caramelized Onions, and Prosciutto

Yield 4 servings
Peas get dressed up here with browned butter and Italian ham.


  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen sweet peas
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to Make It

  1. Cook peas according to package directions, substituting 1/2 cup broth for water. Drain; set aside in a serving bowl, and keep warm.

  2. Cook prosciutto in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove prosciutto from pan; cool and coarsely crumble.

  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 28 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally.

  4. While onions cook, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes or until butter is browned, stirring occasionally. Stir sugar, vinegar, thyme, and pepper into onion; cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir caramelized onion and crumbled prosciutto into peas. Pour browned butter over peas. Serve warm.

Christmas with Southern Living 2004