Herbed Mashed Peas

I really love mashed peas…actually, I just love peas any way.   This works well, but watch your lemon juice – it can go from bright to overwhelming/weird aftertaste very quickly.

  • 1 t butter (I used SmartBalance)
  • 1 leek, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 oz fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 T chopped basil
  • 2 t fresh tarragon or 1/2 t herbs de province
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 T lemon juice

Heat butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add water and peas; cook 5 minutes or until peas are tender.

Place pea mixture in a food processor. Add basil, juice, and tarragon; process until smooth, adding more water if necessary. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; keep warm.

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