I recently went to a vegetarian restaurant and had a dish that had the most amazing, healthy puree on it. In my books simplicity when cooking usually wins. Too many fussy steps and complex flavours can make for a strange finished product. But, when you stick to simple, tasty ingredients and stay true to the flavours, in my experience, you get the best dish.
This is as simple as it can get.
- Pick up a bag of frozen peas and boil about a cup of them with a bunch of mint leaves. You basically want to unfreeze the peas so when they're warm and thawed you can stop cooking them.
- Strain them, add some olive oil (about 1 tbsp), about 2 tbsp of milk and a pinch of salt. I usually add a few more fresh mint leaves at his step.
- Blend until smooth. I find an immersion blender works best, but a regular blender or food processor will also work.
- The less healthy, more decadent version of this uses butter in place of oil and cream in place of milk. I would probably do this richer version if I was having guests over, but it definitely can do without.
I use this puree on basically anything. Great for dipping grilled cheese in, topping BBQ'd salmon, topping greens, eating with pita (like hummus) and basically anything else you can think of. I could also just eat it with a spoon, it's that delicious. It's also good warm and cold, so it makes it easy to pair with things.
My best combo yet was with Trader Joe's Masala veggies burger patties. I always buy these when we make grocery trips to the US and the curry paired with the mint is really, really tasty. Enjoy!