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Smashed Pea Spread

Smashed Pea Spread

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My friend Dana invited me over for a girls catch up the other evening.  Upon arrival, she immediately put a glass of rose in one hand and a toasted piece of bread with a smear of mashed fava bean spread in the other.  While she finished the final touches on dinner we caught up and continued stuffing my face full of this deliciousness.  I instantly fell in love with this recipe and started thinking about how I could make a smashed pea spread at home with the fresh English peas I had grabbed at the farmer’s market.  

Smashed Pea Spread

For those of you who do not know Dana, you should get to know her.  She is not only an amazing human being but also a fantastic home-chef who.  She really does make the best vegetarian inspired meals.  She also provokes me through her recipes to eat more veggie-rich meals.  I have a feeling she will do the same for you.  This warm pre-summer evening was no different.  

I learned that tonight we would be enjoying a snack inspired dinner.  Gosh, I loved 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 and the oven is not going to be turned on.  Or when you just want to catch up with your people.  Snacky dinner this particular evening was assorted cheeses, a tossed green salad, and this smashed pea spread which she made with fresh fava beans. I was hooked and knew I had to make it sooner than later.  

I have been making my own version of snacky dinner quite often.  Honestly, it has been making a regular appearance on our Chez Us table.  My recipe is made with fresh English peas instead of fava beans.  The peas are lightly blanched, then pureed with fresh mint, Parmesan Reggiano, garlic, lemon, and some ricotta.  I like to serve it with grilled or toasted baguettes as well as grainy crackers.  It will also pair with crisp raw veggies.  

This recipe for smashed pea spread will be great as a snacky dinner or to enjoy with a glass of wine as an appetizer.  



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Betsy @ Desserts Required

Saturday 17th of May 2014

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


Saturday 27th of July 2013

Love this flavor combination - looks absolutely stunning!


Sunday 28th of July 2013

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


Tuesday 9th of July 2013

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.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Monday 1st of July 2013

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


Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

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


Monday 1st of July 2013

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!