Jamie Oliver's Minty Mushy Peas

Years ago when a group of friends and I were celebrating Thanksgiving, a friend asked me to make mushy peas. I had no idea what she was asking for so I made something up. I bought a can of peas (which already sounded mushy to me) and cooked it to death. Needless to say this was not what she wanted.

In spite of my time living in the UK, mushy peas was not one of the dishes I came across. It wasn't until a few years later, while watching an episode of Jamie Oliver that I was introduced to this lovely side dish.

Mushy peas are traditionally served with fish & chips although I never noticed it on the menu when I went to my neighborhood chippy. I rarely, if ever, fry things in my house but I enjoy this as a side dish for many things. Once I discovered this recipe, I couldn't stop eating it. I actually overdid it and stopped making it for awhile.

I love the simplicity of Jamie Oliver's recipes and this one is exactly that - four main ingredients plus a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Throw the scallions, mint, and peas into a pan to steam for a bit. Throw everything into a food processor along with some butter, salt, and pepper. Whizz it together to your desired consistency. And done.

Now I order mushy peas whenever I see it on the menu. But if I ever have a craving, I can whip this up in no time (confession: sometimes this is all I eat for dinner).

Minty Mushy Peas

modified slightly from Jamie Oliver

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, chopped
1 handful fresh mint, leaves only, no stem
1 pound frozen peas (I use petite peas)
2 large knobs butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the scallions, mint, and peas. Cover and leave for a few minutes to steam. Place the mixture in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add butter and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

This is dedicated to one of my best friends, Sharon. I would have never discovered this fantastic dish without her :)