Fresh Shelled Pea Pate


Fresh peas are in season and so, it is that one time of year that I love peas! It is a short window, but I must say an exciting one. It sings spring to me and I am always happy to come out of winter, even if the weather is still chilly out there. I usually try to use my peas in a pasta or a risotto, but I wanted to go another route this time and found a great recipe for a pea spread on the wonderful blog 101 cookbooks.

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She uses this on bread, but also uses it as a filling in ravioli, but I think it would also work as a pesto, dressing pasta with it. Everything goes well with pasta. We loved this spread on crusty bread though, even better on toasted crusty bread. I served this with fresh cow’s milk mozzarella and a little salad. A perfect meal.


Spring Pea slathered Crostini

from 101 Cookbooks

  • 1 standard brown paper lunch bag full of fresh English peas (still in their pods) – I’m guessing a pound or two
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup FRESHLY shredded parmesan
  • tiny pinch of cayenne
  • lemon zest
  • salt to taste

Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. While the water is heating, remove the peas from their pods and place in a bowl. When the water reaches a boil, add some salt and the peas. You are just going to cook them for a very short time. Don’t leave the stove. Somewhere between ten and thirty seconds. You want them just barely tender. Quickly drain.

After draining, puree the peas – I use a hand/immersion blender to make quick work of it. Add a generous squeeze of lemon. Add the toasted pine nuts, and puree one more time. Stir in the Parmesan, cayenne, a few pinches of lemon zest, and a few pinches of salt. Taste, and adjust for seasoning – add more salt if needed. Spread it on whatever you’ve got around.

Makes about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of puree.

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~ by italicious on May 16, 2014.

One Response to “Fresh Shelled Pea Pate”

  1. Absolutely delicious! And so springy pretty!

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