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Creamed Peas and Potatoes are a versatile and classic side dish. This creamy comfort food features crisp, sweet peas and tender potatoes in a delicious white sauce.
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Creamed Peas and Potatoes was always a favorite side dish growing up. My mother would add fresh peas from our garden along with tender chunks of beautiful red potatoes. It’s a terrific dish to serve with baked chicken, turkey, roasted pork, meat loaf or steak. We have even served this for Easter dinner. On multiple occasions. It’s easy to make, very inexpensive, and always a crowd pleaser!
Ingredients in Creamed Peas and Potatoes
It only takes a few simple pantry ingredients to create this delicious, creamy side dish. This is what you need:
- Red potatoes (also called new potatoes)
- Salt and pepper
How To Make Creamed Peas (Only)
If you want to skip the potatoes and make this dish with only peas, it’s easy to do (and delicious). Simply take the potatoes out of the recipe and double or triple the peas. Season as you normally would with salt and pepper. Easy peas-y!
Suggestions For This Recipe
- Fresh, garden peas are divine in this recipe but you can easily use frozen peas too. They’re crisp, vibrant and so yummy! If you’re using fresh peas, be sure to blanch them first. To blanch the peas, boil them for 90 seconds in rapidly boiling water. Immediately add the peas to the recipe, or cool them for later use by placing them in an ice bath until cooled.
- Many people like to make the white sauce in this recipe with heavy cream or half-and-half for creaminess, but I like to use milk. I know it sounds weird, but trust me. Milk cuts down on calories, and it still tastes super creamy and delicious.
- Add some pearl onions. I have made this recipe several times with pearl onions for a little added flavor. Sometimes my kids don’t love the onions, but because they are big and easy to see, they just brush the onions to the side. To add onion, you can just get a small bag of frozen pearl onions and boil them for 5 minutes (or according to package instructions). Add the cooked onions when you add the potatoes in the recipe.
- To make this side dish more of a main dish, add diced ham or cooked bacon bits.
- This recipe is easy to adjust for crowds if you need a side dish for a pot luck. It also makes yummy leftovers!
Heath Benefits of Peas and Potatoes
Peas and potatoes actually have tremendous health benefits! Peas are a good source of vitamin K, manganese, fiber, vitamins B1, B6, B2, and vitamin C. There are many good reasons your mother told you to eat your peas! Peas are low in calories, low in fat, high in fiber, and high in protein. And potatoes! They have more potassium than a banana. Because potatoes are high in fiber, the help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Potatoes are also high in vitamin C and vitamin B6. You can feel great about preparing this healthy dish for your family!
Great For Kids And Babies
Creamed peas and potatoes are a perfect dish for kids of all ages. It’s so easy to mash up if you have a child who prefers mashed potatoes. It can also easily be pureed to make terrific baby food (just remove the potato skins).
Frequently Asked Questions about Creamed Peas
Peas are high in protein and fiber making them a healthy side dish choice.
Absolutely! It will be a lot thicker so you can cut down the flour by at least half if you do this. You can also JUST use heavy cream if you would rather, it will just be a little thinner and not a “gravy” consistency.
We like to use red potatoes but you can use new potatoes, gem potatoes, baby potatoes, or any waxy potato such as Yukon Gold. I would not recommend Russet potatoes for this recipe. Russets don’t boil well and get mushy easier.
To make a GF-version of this recipe, you can add butter and milk to the pan first and heat to a simmer. Make a slurry with cornstarch and water (about 2-3 Tablespoons of each) and whisk into the milk mixture a little at a time until thickened.
This recipe is best served fresh. Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To re-heat, add a little extra milk and heat over medium-low heat in a skillet until heated through.
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More Potato Side Dishes
I tend to get in a rut of turning to baked potatoes or mashed potatoes as a side dish. Potatoes are so versatile and go well with many vegetables. Here are a few of our favorites:
How to Make Creamed Peas and Potatoes
Creamed Peas and Potatoes
- 6-8 red potatoes
- 3-4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 cups fresh or frozen peas (if using fresh peas, see recipe notes)
- In a large pot, boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender, approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your potato cubes. You don't want them overdone or they will get mushy. Drain and set aside.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
- Slowly add flour, stirring, until mixture becomes doughy (you may not need all the flour).
- Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until mixture becomes smooth and creamy. You want it to be a gravy consistency. Add more milk if it seems too thick. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
- Add peas and bring to a slight simmer.
- Carefully stir potatoes into creamy mixture until potatoes are covered.
- Pour creamed peas and potatoes into a serving dish to serve.
How to Blanch Fresh PeasIf using fresh peas, follow these steps to blanch the peas before using them in this recipe:
- Prepare a pot of boiling water.
- Shell the fresh peas while waiting for water to boil.
- Add peas to boiling water and boil for 90 seconds.
- Remove peas from boiling water and add them to the cream sauce in this recipe (step 5). If preparing the peas ahead, cool the peas by plunging them in a bowl of ice water. Drain and keep refrigerated until ready to use. After peas are drained and dried, they can also be frozen for later use.
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How many baby reds would I use?
Made this for Easter dinner and it was a huge hit.
Great recipe – love the combo together!
This was such a delicious and very comforting dish! Absolutely loved here and was gone so fast. I’m excited to be remaking this soon!
Tasted just like I remember my mom’s tasting when I was a little girl! My husband said it is his new favorite side dish. 🙂
What a delicious way to enjoy peas!! It’s creamy & I’m loving the chunks of potatoes!!
This side dish is pure comfort food! I could eat it every day!
This recipe is so delicious and very tasty! My hubby and I loved these creamed peas and potatoes! Such a great recipe. Making this again!
I add a little horseradish to the white sauce. Soooo good !
Super easy and really yummy!
I liked the recipe, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it was because my sauce with the peas got too thick even though I added more milk to try to thin it out. I will say that the longer the sauce with the peas sits with the starchy potatoes it becomes thicker anyway because the potatoes absorb all the liquid. Do not add the sauce with the peas into the potatoes until you’re absolutely ready to serve it.
Thank you for the suggestion I’m making it now and was going to prepare it a little early and warm it up in the oven but I’m glad I didn’t as I didn’t want all the liquid to get absorbed into the potatoes thanks for the advice.
I have made this recipe before with & without potatoes. Reminds me of my great grandma’s when i was little. But she ALWAYS used canned peas. So i did. & dang it is almost exactly like hers. But wondering….If I make with only peas can I make only with peas can I make ahead of time & reheat in a crock pot? Or should I reheat in a pan on stove & transfer to crock pot to keep warm?
I think you should be able to reheat it either of those ways, however sometimes peas shrivel a little when they are heated and reheated. That would be my only concern.
This would be great with meatloaf!