So, I confess: I am not the biggest fan of peas. I only like them when they are mixed with so many things that you can’t recognise the taste much, heh. So this spread is a good one because especially the fresh mint very much suppresses the taste of peas.
I was invited to my dear friend Veera and her boyfriend’s place a couple of weeks ago for a Monday breakfast. I thought of a series of things to do, but they all failed because it was the hottest weekend of the summer, with temperature rising up to 33C at some point (way too much for Helsinki) and it turned my tiny apartment into a sauna. So turning on the oven and baking something was not an option.
Instead, I made this spread because mint has one of the most refreshing tastes I could imagine that day. And yet, that Monday morning when I took the spread to the breakfast, the weather cooled down significantly. Everyone liked it anyway. We tried with rye bread, with Karelian pies and I think someone might have even tried it with croissants. So I hope you enjoy with friends too!
250 gr. (or 4 dl) frozen (or fresh) peas
leaves from 4 sprigs of fresh mint
juice from 1 lemon
200 gr. feta, cut in chunks
150 gr. cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste (also a little salt while boiling the water for peas)
to put on top for serving (optional):
drizzle of olive oil
fresh mint leaves
1. Put about 1.5 lt of water in a pot on medium high heat and add a generous pinch of salt. Let the water come to a boil.
2. When the water is boiling, put peas in and let them boil for 5 minutes. After that, drain the water and wash the cooked peas with cold water to completely cool them down.
3. Put cooked and cooled peas and all the other ingredients except for salt and pepper in a food processor and process well.
4. Scrape the sides of the processor if necessary and then continue processing. At that point add some salt and pepper to taste as well. In the end you don’t need to have a fully smooth spread, a bit more texture spread is more than welcome. Enjoy with any kind of bread or chips or crackers, but most importantly with friends!