SIMPLE RECIPES FOR SPRING PEAS

ILLUSTRATION: HEATHER DIANE HARDISON

CROSTINI

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Toast baguette rounds and rub them with a raw garlic clove. Boil spring peas in salted water for 3 minutes, drain, and mash with a fork. Fold the peas into ricotta cheese and spread onto the garlic toast.

MASALA VEGGIE PATTIES

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In a large bowl, mash together cooked green peas, sweet potato chunks, and chickpeas. Stir in one beaten egg and season liberally with masala curry. Form into patties and fry in skillet over medium heat until brown on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes.

LIGHTER GUACAMOLE

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1/2 Avocado
1/2 Mashed Spring Peas

Substitute half the avocado in your normal guacamole recipes with cooked and mashed spring peas. Mix as usual and serve with tortilla chips and hot sauce.

SHELLS WITH BACON & PEAS

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Chop a slice of bacon and fry until crisp. Cook pasta shells according to package directions, and add the peas two minutes before the pasta is done. Drain, add to the skillet with the bacon, and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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