One of my favorite things about summer is eating a leisurely meal outside. Pouring a glass of wine, enjoying the bountiful summer produce, and cooking on the grill— ahhh! This easy appetizer utilizes fresh peas that are all over the markets, but frozen peas work here too. It can be easily customized with your choice of herb, but I love to use a combination of basil, oregano, and mint that grow like crazy right outside of my kitchen. With the solstice just a few days ago, now is the time to take advantage of the long summer evenings by making a nice, summery meal!
zest and juice of 1/2 of a small lemon
handful of fresh herbs, chopped (I use a mix of basil, oregano, mint)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup peas (I use fresh in the spring/summer, but frozen work too)
salt and pepper to taste
Cook your peas: if using fresh peas, boil for 60-90 seconds. Frozen peas will take 2-3 minutes to cook. Once cooked, drain the peas.
Using a mortar and pestle or food processor, process the peas to desired texture along with lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped herbs, and olive oil. Add salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste and add additional herbs, lemon, or olive oil as needed.
Serve with crackers or sliced bread. I love this with grilled bread and a white bean spread. Note: serve right away— herbs will discolor over time.