Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

Peas are such a simple food.  You can easily toss them in a soup, curry, pot pie or casserole, but even when you cook them up by themselves they don’t need much to bring out their flavor.  A few minutes in some boiling water or a sautee pan with soften them up, then a little butter, garlic and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand will do the trick.

Unlike mashed root vegetable which can turn into a creamy texture, the less starchy peas don’t break down quite as quickly.  Even after generous food processing it maintains a unique crumbly texture which is some much welcome variety when I get bored of my usual veggie sides.

This dish is perfect for someone looking to cook up something seasonal, introduce a new veggie into the dinner routine, or someone who doesn’t like spending too much time cooking.  With under 10 minutes and a handful of quality ingredients, you can try something new for dinner tonight!

Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

1 cup fresh peas (removed from the pod)

3 tbsp unsalted butter or ghee

3 cloves garlic

about 10 fresh mint leaves (or herb of your choice)

salt and pepper to taste

If you are using whole peas then be sure to shell them first.  You can often find them at the farmers market already shelled.

Rinse the peas and mint and let them drain well.  Also peel and crush the garlic.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter and add in the crushed garlic cloves.  Let this simmer for a minute or two to let the garlic infuse.  Then add in the peas and cook at least 5 minutes or until the peas have softened, tossing ever minute or so.

Once the peas are cooked, add them to a food processor with the fresh mint.  Pulse several times until well broken down.  You can have a taste now to get a feel for the taste and texture.  Then add salt and pepper to taste and continue to pulse/season until you get it just the way you want.  You can also always add more butter if you’d like.

Serve up immediately while still warm.  And enjoy!

Yields 2-3 servings as a side

Simple Mashed Peas with Garlic and Mint

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