The pea pie is a quick and tasty dish to serve as a side dish or as a main dish. It is perfect to accompany cheeses, cold cuts, but also meat or fish dishes. The preparation is very easy: you will only need eggs, peas, shallots, grated Parmesan cheese and aromatic herbs, the pea pie will then be baked in the oven. You can also prepare it in advance and enjoy it at work, during the lunch break: it is also excellent cold. But here’s how to prepare it.
FRESH PEAS 500 gram
GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE 50 gram
CHOPPED PARSLEY as needed
SALT UP to taste
Pepper as needed
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL as needed
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.4g 7%, Saturated Fat 1.9g 9%, Cholesterol 7mg 2%, Sodium 367mg 16%, Total Carbohydrate 15.1g 6%, Dietary Fiber 4.3g 15%, Total Sugars 4.3g, Protein 10.2g, Vitamin D 0mcg 0%, Calcium 119mg 9%, Iron 1mg 7%, Potassium 255mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
How to prepare the pea pie
Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the sliced shallot and brown it slightly. Add the peas, mix and leave them to flavor for a couple of minutes (1). Add a ladle of water, add salt and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the peas have softened. Once ready, let them cool. Beat the eggs in a bowl (2) with salt, pepper, parmesan and chopped parsley. Add the peas and mix them with the eggs. Pour the mixture into a 22 cm diameter pan previously greased and sprinkled with breadcrumbs. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° for about half an hour. Once ready, let it cool. Your pea pie is ready to serve (3).
When in season, use fresh peas: alternatively frozen ones will be fine too. To cook them, you can use a ladle of vegetable broth instead of water.
Those who prefer can enrich the pea pie with the addition of speck and bacon. You can also add crescenza or other cream cheese to make it even more delicious. You can replace parsley with mint, shallot with spring onion and parmesan with pecorino, according to taste and availability.
You can prepare pea cakes also in single-portion moulds, delicious and spectacular. Also ideal for a buffet.
Another delicious preparation is the pea flan. Boil 400 g of peas and blend them with 100 g of spreadable cheese, 3 egg yolks, 1 egg white, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into a bowl, add 200 g of grated Parmesan cheese and mix. Pour everything into a greased mould and cook in the oven in a bain-marie for about 20 minutes.
You can keep the pea pie in the refrigerator for 2 days in an airtight container.