Mashed Green Peas

Fresh peas in the summer are a treat.  Happily, I have found that frozen peas can truly be a taste of summer — bright green, firm, and sweet.  I love them plain, and I adore them all smushed up as they are in this recipe.  A delectable base for my Broiled Salmon with Scallion Salsa, it would pair equally well with white fish and most any protein for that matter.

Mashed Green Peas
Yields 4
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  1. 1 16-ounce package frozen peas (I use Cascadian Farms organic peas)
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt and several grinds of the pepper mill
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 3 tablespoons cream (could substitute milk)
  1. Bring peas to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes or until peas are tender.
  2. Add olive oil, cream, salt, and pepper. Mash thoroughly with a potato masher. You could also puree in a food processor, but I think the masher does the job and requires less clean up!
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