English Peas 10 oz.
Garlic Cloves, 4-6 cloves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup filtered water
2 tbsp olive oil
I love this recipe as an alternative to mashed potatoes, especially with grilled salmon, yum!
First, place your English peas, garlic cloves, black pepper, and 1/4 cup filtered water into a small saucepan. Make sure you clean the garlic first, but keep it whole. The amount of garlic really depends on how much or how little you like garlic. Stir it all up and cook uncovered on medium heat for 9-10 minutes, stirring occasionally along the way.
After 9-10 minutes turn the heat off. There may be just a little water left, which is good because it helps give a creamier texture without adding any cream. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil directly into the sauce pan.
Next, smash up the peas and garlic. Give it a rough mash, meaning not all of the peas should be smashed. Just make sure there are no large pieces of garlic remaining once you are done with this step, and that they are all smashed into smaller bits and mix well. I like using a hand blender for this step. It is basically just a fancy wand with a handle on one end and a mixing blade at the other. They are relatively inexpensive. But, a hand blender is not required to prepare this recipe. You can use a potato masher, or extra large fork, or any other kitchen tool that will get the job done. And the fact that this recipe calls for a “rough mash” just makes life easier in general and gives the dish texture!
Give it all a stir and then plate it. Add a drizzle of olive oil on top and your garlic mashed peas are ready to serve.
You can also make this ahead of time then serve as a healthy veggie dip. Although it is intended as a hot side dish (and goes great with any main entree) it also tastes great cold… just think along the lines of hummus but with green peas instead of garbanzo beans. Delicious!
Gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan.