Simplicity is the rule of thumb when it comes to cooking fresh peas—but different cooks have different ideas about what is simple. Here's our interpretation.
2 lbs. fresh peas, shelled to yield 2 cups
4 heads baby bibb lettuce
Pat of butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Bring 3 cups salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add peas to boiling water, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, remove the outer leaves of baby bibb lettuce and pull out the inner cores so that you have only the tender middle leaves.
3. Drain peas in a colander and run briefly under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss peas with butter while they are still warm and season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon peas into lettuce "cups." (Peas will slightly cook lettuce.)