Sometimes you just have one of those days. You know, the ones where you are torn between curling up in the fetal position, sending an SOS signal, or jumping off the craziness of your own roller coaster. Dang those days are fun, though. When they’re over, you kinda get to stand back and see what you’re made of. Survived another one. We’re all intact, and I managed to pull it off.
So tonight as I wind up one of those days I’m going to get you this post I had hoped to have up ten hours ago and then I’m going to go outside and take a few deep breaths of fresh air and maybe play a little hopscotch with my kids. It’s amazing what two younguns and a dollar bucket of sidewalk chalk can do for sanity.
This is Granny Jordan’s English Pea Pimento Casserole. Some folks call it a salad and that’s alright, too. She took it to just about every family gathering and countless church dinners. It’s one of those old fashioned recipes you don’t hear about much these days but you sure do get rave reviews when you make it. I love it and I hope you will, too.
You’ll need: Plain bread crumbs, little jar of pimentos, onion, butter, chopped celery, cream of mushroom soup, and some frozen sweet peas.
Chop up that onion
Pour your peas in a bowl
Granny’s recipe says to thaw them and I kinda did ~winks~
Okay, not really but do as I say don’t do as I do. You know how that goes.
Toss in your chopped onion.
Now this recipe leaves our onion with a little bit of a crunch and I really like it that way. Mama cant stand it though, so she likes to saute her onion a bit in a tablespoon or so of butter and then add it in. You go with whatever works best for you.
Add in your celery.
and your pimentos (after you drain them)
These little jars make the best bug keepers in the summertime!
Toss in your cream of mushroom soup and give that all a good stir.
Place it in a casserole dish
I am using a round one but you can use an 8×8 if you like or pretty much any ovenproof dish
now melt your butter in the microwave
add in your bread crumbs to the melted butter
Give that a stir
and sprinkle over the top.
This is my snowflake garland casserole dish
Isn’t that the prettiest color? I always call that Cinderella Blue
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned like this on the top.
This makes a great side dish to any meal, but it seems like we always eat it with ham.
- 20 ounces frozen English peas, thawed and drained
- 8 ounce can water chestnuts, chopped and drained (optional)
- 2 ounce diced pimentos, drained
- ½ Cup fine dry breadcrumbs
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- ¾ cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoon margarine, melted
- Combine everything except the butter and breadcrumbs. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased baking dish. Melt butter in microwave and stir in bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top of casserole and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
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Rather, try to become a man of value.”
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