Auntie Fanny's Pea and Mint Mash

"This is still only peas, tastes of peas, and does not pretend to be any great gourmet dish! It's a simple, comforting side dish, which should be served with roast chicken, roast potatoes, and another totally different-tasting veggie such as roasted butternut. In fact, that's exactly what I cooked for dinner tonight: roast tarragon chicken together with butternut fingers (from a pillow pack!) and a few potatoes. And salad. And wine."
photo by Zurie photo by Zurie
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  • 1 12 lbs frozen peas (fresh if you have it!)
  • butter (or oil, if you must)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 -6 tablespoons mint, chopped (to taste)


  • Peel the onion and potato, and slice, then cut both into quite tiny pieces so they cook quickly.
  • Heat a knob of butter in a saucepan. Fry the chopped onion and potato, stirring, until they just soften. Salt lightly.
  • Add the peas, frozen or fresh, and add about 1/4 cup (or less) water. Bring to the boil, and stir well as soon as the frozen peas release their icy grip.
  • Add more salt, the sugar and the pepper, and stir. Turn heat lower and put on lid.
  • Simmer for about 7 - 10 minutes. Stir through at least once.
  • Drain in a sieve over a bowl, keeping the cooking liquid. Chuck all into your processor, but the mashing part can be done with any other utensil which will do the job.
  • Add the mint, to taste, and process until well mashed but not totally smooth. You will have to add 1 - 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid, but do not make it watery!
  • Taste for seasoning, and add more butter if you like.
  • Serve as suggested, with contrasting flavours, which it will need, as it's only a side dish and cannot stand on its own.

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  1. Wobin
    Oh wow, this was amazing! I will admit that I had made Recipe #53876 in my food processor before making this and couldnt bear washing all those fresh herbs down the sink. So I am sure my version added more callories and a bit more zip with the dipping sauce reminents in my food processor. Only made it once so far but I think this is my favorite new dinner side. Thank you! It also gives me something nice to do with my mint, because a girl can only drink so many mojitos! Served it with lasagna and mixed green salad. Hubby was super impressed.


I'm a widow, retired, and I love cooking. I live on the coast in South Africa and I love seafood. You're welcome to my recipes (all kinds, definitely not just seafood!) Just remember that no recipe is ever cast in stone -- adjust to your taste! The photo was taken at a rustic seaside restaurant on our West Coast, approx 1 year ago (2016).
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