Yes, you’re right. Pea guacamole?
But there’s a reason. A story.
I needed something to take to a Mexican themed party.
The hostess and I have had an ongoing thing about peas.
She’s pro-, I consider them generally superfluous.
She also has a great sense of humor.
This is a tweaked version of the NY Times piece that caused quite a furor last year.
- ½ pound frozen peas, thawed (about 1 cup)
- 2 small jalapenos
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped (or more for taste)
- 3 small very ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 2 scallions, whites only, sliced very thin
- Zest of 1 lime
- Juice of 1 lime (or more for taste)
In a microwave-safe bowl, cook the peas with about 1 tablespoon of water for about 2 minutes, until they are just tender. Drain peas and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Reserve a small handful for garnish.
Halve, seed and de-vein the jalapenos. Cut into small chunks.
In a blender or food processor, chop the jalapenos. Add the peas, cilantro and ½ teaspoon salt. Process until the peas are almost smooth, but still have a little texture.
In a medium bowl, mash the avocados. Add the scallions, lime zest, juice, ½ teaspoon salt and the pea mixture. Mix well. Taste and add additional cilantro, salt and lime juice as needed. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!
My verdict: Everyone at the party thought it was great (and finished it off)! I thought it was pretty good, but a little sweet because of the peas.
Would I make it again? No, too much work and too many dirty dishes.
The original recipe called for roasting one of the jalapenos and peeling it. I tossed one on the grill (only because the grill was going) and charred it, but didn’t peel it. If you wanted to toss one or more in a small skillet, you could do that, but I don’t think it’s going to matter in the end result.
The Times also had you shucking fresh peas, a cute idea if you’re making peas for dinner for two, but a huge time suck if you’re making guacamole for a crowd.
When I make guacamole, it’s seven ingredients, a knife and a bowl.
10 minutes, no grill, no Cuisinart, no microplane (zester).
Would or have you made guacamole with peas?