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Minty Pea Spread

Here's a bright and cheery splash of green for St. Patrick's Day in the form of a minty pea spread. Minty peas are a popular pub food in Ireland and all over the British Isles, but this spreadable version leans a little more towards Italy with olive oil and parmesan. It is a perfect appetizer when served on rustic toast - or you can serve with soup for a meal. If you happen to have fresh peas, fantastic! If not, frozen will do just as well while we're waiting for Spring.

Minty Pea Spread

makes 2 cups

2 cups peas - fresh or frozen

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Juice from 1 lemon

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp of salt or more to taste

2 tbsp shallot minced

Heat 3 tbsp of water in the bottom of a saucepan over medium heat. Add peas and cover, cooking until peas are at their brightest green - approximately 2 minutes. Drain.

Put peas and remaining ingredients into food processor and give it a good buzz.

Spread on toast, top with shallots and a sprinkle of parmesan.


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