Fresh garlic and a hint of lemon bring out the sweetness of peas. In summer, use fresh peas, but frozen will work, too. This spread is great on sandwiches with prosciutto or another type of ham and good cheese, or simply serve it with breadsticks or crostini. Prep: 10 minutes.
Makes about 2 cups
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen sweet peas (about 3 cups), cooked according to package directions and cooled
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon)
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Place peas and garlic in a food processor; slowly add olive oil while processor is running, and puree until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.