July 18, 2011

Dinner @6 with American Express: Snow Peas with Sesame Seeds & Last Call!

Snow Peas

As you may remember from last week, this is my second post for the American Express Dinner @6 Giveaway! Today I am talking about my favorite way to prepare snow peas. I like to cook them for a very short time and blanche them almost immediately. Then I toss them with some salt, olive oil and toasted sesame seeds for a perfectly light and tasty summer vegetable side dish.

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1. Leave a comment sharing your favorite summer vegetable side dish recipe that contains 6 ingredients or less. It does not have to be a formal recipe format, just tell me casually how the recipe works and what is in it.

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5. Entries can be submitted from July 18th at 6:59am ET through Sunday July 24th at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen and posted on Monday July 25th at 12noon ET.

6. Yes, salt and pepper count as ingredients.

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 Snow Peas with Sesame Seeds



 2 cups snow peas
1 tablespoons sesame seeds
¼ cup olive oil
1 pinch kosher salt


1. Cook the snow peas for 2 minutes in boiling water and plunge them into an ice cold water bath to blanche them and stop the cooking.

2. In a small skillet toast the sesame seeds until lightly golden then add them to the snow peas. Toss in the olive oil and a pinch of salt and serve!

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12 Responses to “Dinner @6 with American Express: Snow Peas with Sesame Seeds & Last Call!”

  1. April V says:

    I love cucumber, bell pepper, corn, and tomato cut up and covered in Italian dressing! Oh so good!

  2. tiffany fong says:

    Chilled cucumber salad is the best side dish! It’s simply cucumbers, onions, vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil mixed together and then chilled, and it is absolutely delicious and refreshing! 🙂

  3. Jenay Patterson says:

    Summer Squash & Onions
    simply cook your cut summer squash & onion down in butter or oil. Add Salt & Pepper to taste (or any other spice you may be using in your other dishes of the night! This dish could go with just about anything 🙂

  4. Pvonziegesar says:

    Caprese Salad
    Thickly slice 3 or 4 ripe tomatoes (preferably heirloom tomatoes to mix up the colors a bit).
    Slice fresh mozzarella in the same thickness as the tomatoes.
    Place tomato, mozzarella, a basil leaf, tomato, mozzarella, basil leaf and repeat on a serving dish.
    Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. 
    Salt and pepper optional.

  5. Joanna says:

    throw red bell peppers on the grill. when done, peel off & toss blackened skin, cut remainder in strips and toss with olive oil, balsamic, capers, salt, and pepper. 
    (originally from a NY Times article on grilling, but so easy to remember that I could type the gist of it here from memory)

  6. kadija says:

    I also love grilled corn on the cob with saffron-basil butter…yum!

  7. Kathy T. says:

    Slices of yellow summer squash, zucchinni and Vidalia onion sauted in olive oil with a dash of salt and black pepper.  Also love to cook  fresh corn off the cob, a dab of sugar, a tbsp of butter, salt and pepper.

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  10. Miranda says:

    Mexican corn on the cob:
    Boil shucked corn on the cob for 10 minutes. Remove from water and squeeze lime juice on corn. Then sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

  11. Miranda says:

    Peas with pancetta:
    Chop 1 oz pancetta and cook over medium heat till crispy. Set aside and drain on paper towel. Heat 1 cup of peas. Sprinkle Pancetta over peas. Add crumbled feta or goat cheese if desired.

  12. Adeeb Siddiqui says:

    Super food sesame seeds are anytime awesome in taste & great for health.