Smashed Peas with Mint Butter


4 oz) (10 pkg frozen peas not thawed

2/3 cup water

2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

5 tablespoons butter softened

1/3 cup finely chopped mint leaves

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


Cook peas with water, sugar and 1/2 tsp salt in a heavy 5-qt saucepan over moderate heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until heated through and tender -- about 8 minutes.

While peas cook, use wooden spoon to blend together butter, mint, parsley, pepper and remaining 3/4 tsp salt.

Pulse peas (with cooking water) in 2 batches in a food processor until coarsely pureed, transferring to a large bow. Stir in herb butter until melted.


Serving Ideas: Delicious with meat loaf & smashed mustard potatoes.