Todd’s Minty Peas

April 14th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Dinner, Vegetarian

When we have families over for dinner, we like to have the usual spread of above-average cheeses — La Tur, Humboldt Fog, Trader Joe’s twisted bi-color cheddar sticks. But the starter that inevitably manages to stop guests mid-bite is a relatively recent discovery: Todd’s Minty Pea Dip. It’s technically a Jamie Oliver recipe, but the first place we ever had it was at our friends Todd & Anne’s house and have not been able to refer to it as anything else since. Todd, a master trawler of farmer’s markets whipped up the dip for us during peak produce months, and I was shocked to discover that it was made from frozen peas. Served with some crusty bread slices, the humble little dip can easily hold its own alongside market behemoths like corn and tomatoes. It also happens to be versatile (we’ve had it as a dip, spread on a sandwich for dinner, mixed with ricotta and sealed inside ravioli) and, unlike corn and tomatoes, can be enjoyed year round.

Todd’s Minty Pea Dip

In a food processor, whirl the following until it is the consistency of guacamole.

-1 cup frozen peas, thawed
-handful fresh mint leaves
-2 tablespoons-ish fresh Parm
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-1/3 cup olive oil
-salt

Garnish with some more shredded Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with baguette slices or spread across a piece of crusty bread.

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  • 1 paula // Apr 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    i love this one. when i’ve served it to company i call it a bruschetta, slather it over little slices of french bread and plate it alongside three other “bruschettas” that i got out of some recipe source that i will never remember. but one is a basic tomato/garlic spread, the other a walnut pesto (walnuts, parmesan, olive oil in a blender), and the fourth a slab of blue cheese drizzled with honey. it’s pretty impressive bc the colors are all so distinct and each one is tastier than the next. not sure how kids will respond to the blue cheese or the walnut pesto — don’t kids hate weird stuff? i don’t know — but it’s a big ROI for a little amount of work. how can you argue with that?

  • 2 Trish O // Apr 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I made this yesterday and it is wonderful. My 5 year old could eat it all day. I did not have any good bread so I used the little Trader Joe toasts and ate away. It is so fresh and spring I am making for a little earth day gift to give to teachers after school. My own start for a food revolution. Thanks for the ideas

  • 3 Don // Apr 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    i love this one. when i’ve served it to company i call it a bruschetta, slather it over little slices of french bread and plate it alongside three other “bruschettas” that i got out of some recipe source that i will never remember. but one is a basic tomato/garlic spread, the other a walnut pesto (walnuts, parmesan, olive oil in a blender), and the fourth a slab of blue cheese drizzled with honey. it’s pretty impressive bc the colors are all so distinct and each one is tastier than the next. not sure how kids will respond to the blue cheese or the walnut pesto — don’t kids hate weird stuff? i don’t know — but it’s a big ROI for a little amount of work. how can you argue with that?

  • 4 jenny // Apr 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Don – I think you have inspired me to do an entire dinner based on Bruschetta. How fun would that be??? (For the kids, I’ll have to think of something more fun to call it than “Bruschetta Night,” of course. Maybe “Little Dinner?”) I’m thinking pea dip, bien sur. A basic tomato/garlic type thing like you mentioned above (can you send recipe?) and then maybe ricotta mixed with lemon zest, mint, drizzle of honey or sauteed shredded zucchini w/ mint and ricotta? Something with prosciutto? Hmmm. Send ideas, please. I want to do this this weekend!

  • 5 Amy // May 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    This was SO easy to throw together and I loved the fresh spring taste. I had high hopes of my 2 year old loving it since peas are her favorite veggie but she refused more after the first bite. I will try it again tonight but tossed with pasta instead of on toast.

  • 6 Trish O // May 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    try it again with the little ones. i think the mint can be “strange” until they get the hang of the flavor. This dip is my new go-to gift as i put it in old jelly jars with the recepie and a big ol hunk of bread. yummy! This is also great with turkey burgers.

  • 7 Lisa // Jan 21, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Yum. Will do again for guests. Tonight just did as a side (with sliced bagette) for pan fried fish.

  • 8 Talia Cohen // Apr 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I love this minty pea dip! I’ve been making it for parties and “just because” for over a year, and realized that instead of only taking recipes from this blog (I’ve used many of your recipes over the last year or so), it would be nice to give back a little and let you know that I think your blog and your recipes are great!

  • 9 Sarah // Sep 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I felt like I should let you know that I just wrote about this recipe on my blog – it’s AMAZING!

    Check out my post: http://wearewhatweshare.blogspot.com/2013/09/minty-pea-dip.html

    I also assumed that, like any good blogger, you check your comments before your emails so forgive the multiple contacts :)

  • 10 Awads // Sep 30, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Made this for a saturday night dinner party (with the pork ragu!). it was a big hit! i’ve slathered the leftovers on my turkey sandwich, which i’ll be having for lunch today. can’t wait! (my 6 year old turned his nose up, but he went nuts for the chicken leg with apricot preserves that i made last night from DALS. yum!)

  • 11 Jess. // Jun 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    This is so, so good! It was in my #DinnerPlaybook, and we all loved it. Can’t wait to make it again and again! Thanks! xox

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