Sunday, 7 August 2011

Brit Bites: Minty Mushy Peas

Yes, you read right, mushy peas.

I know, it didn't sound appetizing to me either at first, but I like Jamie's riff on the recipe. No olive-drab canned peas here, but larger and firmer frozen ones. Add some garden mint and green onions to the pan and give them a light mashing and you have a delicious and simple side dish celebrating Jamie Oliver's homeland.

 As the other love of my life, Rupert Giles, would say:
 "I like mushy peas"

Minty Mushy Peas
Jamie Oliver,

This is a fantastic recipe that is so quick and so simple and uses our reliable friends the frozen peas, which work really well here. Great with fish, meat, or even as a vegetarian dish with a big dollop of butter on top.


    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 bunch spring onions, chopped
    1 handful fresh mint, leaves picked
    1 pound (500 grams) frozen peas
    2 large knobs butter
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a pan and add the chopped onions, mint, and peas. Cover and leave for a few minutes to steam. Mash with a potato masher. You can do this with a food processor as well, just pulse it until smooth. Whether mashing or pulsing, when it's done add the butter and season very carefully, to taste.