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.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 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)


  1. Peel the onion and potato, and slice, then cut both into quite tiny pieces so they cook quickly.
  2. Heat a knob of butter in a saucepan. Fry the chopped onion and potato, stirring, until they just soften. Salt lightly.
  3. 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.
  4. Add more salt, the sugar and the pepper, and stir. Turn heat lower and put on lid.
  5. Simmer for about 7 - 10 minutes. Stir through at least once.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Taste for seasoning, and add more butter if you like.
  9. 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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