If I had a recipe corridor of fame, this one could be the primary inductee…
I first wrote about smashed peas with mint, a basic spring pairing, in 2010, after my pal Todd served it to me in dip kind alongside a bowl of pita chips. I’ve since deconstructed the dip — frivolously fork-mashing the peas, mint, Parm, and olive oil — and served as a facet subsequent to fried fish; I’ve thinned it out to make a pesto and tossed with spaghetti; and I’ve completed it the way you see above. Mainly, unfold on crusty bread, avocado-toast model, and topped with dollops of ricotta. When ready this manner, it’s completely dinner, and a easy one at that, particularly if you happen to serve it with a seven-minute egg, as I did final evening.
Be aware: In the case of inexperienced peas, do not forget that recent, candy English peas are elusive even in peak season, and you’re virtually all the time higher off going with their frozen counterparts, that are flash-frozen at optimum ripeness. This isn’t the case with sugar snaps and snow peas; choose these up on the farmer’s market by the bushel!
Smashed Pea Toasts with Ricotta
Makes 4 medium toasts
1 cup frozen peas, utterly thawed (you possibly can run beneath heat water in a strainer to expedite)
2/3 cup loosely packed recent mint leaves
2 heaping tablespoons recent Parmesan
the juice from 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra drizzling
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 slices crusty sourdough (sliced not too skinny, not too thick)
4-5 tablespoons entire milk ricotta
freshly floor black pepper
Add peas, mint, Parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to a blender or a mini meals processor. Course of till it comes collectively and is the consistency of guacamole.
In the meantime, toast the sourdough. Divide smashed peas among the many 4 toasts, then dollop with a spoonful or two of ricotta. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a couple of grinds of black pepper.
P.S. 10 fast spring dinners, and a toast social gathering for breakfast.