People Love Smashed Peas on Toast

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Smashed Peas and Whipped Goat Cheese on Toast

Though I’m traveling at the moment and need to be brief, I’ve got a smashing recipe I’d like to share. And I do mean smashing. I don’t know why but people love food when it’s smashed. I’m sure you’ve seen kids with peas and a fork. Though I acknowledge with kids smashed peas can be weaponized as easily as they can be pulverized. So it’s easy to doubt their motivation. Still, I maintain my thesis. People love smashed peas. Adults too. Although we do it with a bit more sophistication and we rarely flick them across the room on the back of a spoon. Especially when they’re served with whipped goat cheese on toast.

Smashed Peas and Whipped Goat Cheese on Toast

Things on toast, especially for breakfast, are having something of a renaissance at the moment. It’s a culinary category that’s hard to beat for its versatility and its portability. But I prefer things on toast as more as a light bite. The kind of late lunch or afternoon snack you’d serve after a big holiday breakfast (say Easter for example). This blog has not been immune to the trend. Fava beans, mushrooms and of course avocado come to mind. Today I have come up with a fresh as spring smashed peas recipe using the same smashing concept that people seem to love. GREG

Smashed Peas and Whipped Goat Cheese on Toast

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Smashed Peas and Whipped Goat Cheese on Toast

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce fresh goat cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • fine sea salt (to taste)
  • ¼ cup very good extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
  • ½ pound shelled English peas
  • freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup loosely packed, chopped tarragon leaves
  • 6 slice toasted baguettee (cut on the bias)

Directions

To make the goat cheese: In a mini food processor blend goat cheese and lemon juice. Cover and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and process again to combine. Transfer cheese to a small bowl

To make the peas: Gently warm olive oil a heavy saucepan set over a medium heat. Add the peas, stirring often to cook them evenly. As they soften, smash the peas against the side of saucepan with the tines of a fork, pressing them into the oil. You may alternatively use a stick blender, just don’t let them get too smooth. When smashed to the desired level, season with salt and pepper; add chopped tarragon leaves and stir. Set aside to cool.

To assemble: Spread a generous amount of whipped goat cheese onto each toast. Top with mashed peas, drizzle with a little olive oil and serve immediately.

Smashed Peas and Whipped Goat Cheese on Toast