Smashed Pea Spread


Last month I had dinner over at my friend Dana’s house.  It was a casual dinner to catch up with her, and to see you two adorable little ones, while her other half traveled.  I arrived to the aroma of fresh mint, and a chilled glass of Rose being put into my hand.  I instantly knew it was going to be a great evening.  While Dana finished the final touches on dinner, I followed the lead , and followed two eager little guys waiting to show me everything in their rooms.


For those of you who do not know Dana, you should get to know her.  She is not only an amazing person, but a fantastic home-chef who makes some damn good vegetarian inspired meals.  She provokes me through her recipes to eat more veggie rich meals, and I have a feeling she will do the same to you.  This warm pre-summer evening was no different.  I learned that we would be having a snacky dinner.  God, I loved just the sound of that.  Snacky dinner is meant for those lazy nights when you really don’t want to cook, or when it is blistering hot out there and the oven is not going to be turned on.  Snacky dinner this particular evening was assorted cheeses, a tossed green salad, and this amazing spread made with fresh favas.  Yes, I was hooked.

Since that evening I have made my own version of snacky dinner quite often;  honestly it has been making a regular appearance over here.  I like to call this recipe Smashed Pea Spread.  While it sounds just ho-hum, trust me it is amazing.  My recipe is made with fresh English peas that have been lightly blanched, then pureed with fresh mint, Parmesan Reggiano, garlic, lemon and a small amount of ricotta.  I smear the smashed peas all over grilled slices of baguette and top it with more grated cheese, a sprinkle of paprika and a drizzle of olive oil.  There is snacky dinner.

Smashed Pea Spread






  1. I love having dinner with my girlfriends. And this is a perfect candidate. Looks tasty indeed!

  2. Oh don’t I just love that list of ingredients and this will work so well with the little sweet French peas we get frozen. A wonderful lunch with, yes, a glass of rosé!

  3. Now I wish someone would put a glass of rosé in my hand… And pass me a bowl of this beautiful spread.

  4. Brian, wish we were closer as we would definitely put a glass of vino in your hand and pass the peas.

  5. Denise, I just teared up a little. What a lovely post. I’m touched and honored to have a space here. And, as usual, you take something someone else has made and make it look 1,000 times better. You are a kind good friend.

  6. Love this flavor combination – looks absolutely stunning!

  7. Thanks Ashley. We hope you take advantage of peas this summer, and try this recipe out. Love the flavor combination, so fresh and light!

  8. WOW! This looks delicious. So refreshing, so tasty and so EASY! That’s a winning combination.

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