Pea Pesto From Homegrown Peas

by | Appetizers & Tapas, Salads and Veggies

The Best Pea Pesto with sweet homegrown garden peas, homegrown mint, homegrown spring onions, homegrown garlic and yes, homegrown chilis is made every year from this rookie gardener. 

Come Into My Pea Garden!

Pea Pesto

I can think of a gazillion recipes to incorporate pea pesto. It is great as a dip for a veggie platter. The perfect spread on any sandwich, and the schmear under perfectly sautéed scallops!

Pea Garden And Grandchildren

Peas planted with my grandchildren are happy peas!
Peas I Plant With My Grandchildren Are Happy Peas!

Every year, since my grandson was four, I take him to a garden shop in March and tell him to pick any seed he wants grandma to grow. He always picks peas. Together we take small cups, fill with dirt and he puts one (often more, oops), seed in each cup. Each time he comes over, we inspect our peas in the cups until they are ready to plant outside. 

The fun part comes when we can go out into the garden and pick fresh peas from the beautiful climbing pea plants, fill a bowl with fresh peas, come into the kitchen and make something amazing with them. Memories I hope he will keep a lifetime. 

Peas Pesto And Chefs

It just so happens that my grandson’s daddy (my son), is a professional chef. Since my birthday falls in December, he knows to make mama her favorite meat, lamb.

But on one year, he made me my first pea pesto as a schmear, for a beautiful array of perfectly chili seared scallops. I have made them often since then and will always remember how proud I felt, as a mom, on my birthday. 

Omar Daumit and mama
Omar Daumit and Mama

Since that year and the memories of joy it gives a mother when her children create the moments she will cherish most, I started growing peas in my garden.

Every June, when it’s time to harvest the peas I planted in spring, I make a big batch of Pea Pesto simply because my son taught me, how delicious it is.

Now I send over a huge basket of freshly harvested peas to him and his family to create many new recipes I how to include here in the future. But for now, Seared Scallops Over Pea Pesto is still my favorite!

Scallops over pea pesto
Scallops Over Pea Pesto

Perfect Peas For Kids

Who says kids won’t eat their veggies! Peas especially, can be a favorite veggie if they are made interesting. If the children help you grow them, even one pea plant in a pot and get to see them through from seed to kitchen.

If you just leave them whole and drizzle a little butter. If you present them in a fun way… they are sure to eat their peas! If not, put that pea pesto into their meatballs, they won’t know it’s there!!

Kids peas
Kids Peas

Wonton Cup Pea Pesto

Another accidental delicious tapas recipe I created was to bake wonton wrappers into cups, using a muffin tin which gave me a serving base for a tapas platter.

From there, I just put a dollop of pea pesto in each baked cup and a sautéed shrimp on top. At a family gathering in the middle of summer these Pea Pesto and Shrimp Wonton Cups were the perfect appetizer on a tapas spread, and disappeared first!. 

Shrimp pea pesto wonton cups
Shrimp and Pea Pest In Wonton Cups

How To Make Pea Pesto

Once the peas have been blanched, only enough to soften them (never cook the dang green out of them!), the rest just happens in a food processor. Toss all the ingredients into a blender or processor and whirl until pureed. Pea pesto is then ready for a variety of recipes or simply freeze in small batches for future use. 

My Garden To Table Lifestyle

Ingredients Needed

  • Fresh Peas
  • Garlic
  • Spring onion
  • Chili
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
Puree pea pesto ingredients
Puree The Pea Pesto Ingredients
Fresh peas
Fresh Peas

Equipment Needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Garlic press
  • Citrus press
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Food processor or blender
  • Stovetop or burner
Garden Spring onions
Spring Onions

Home Pea Garden For Fresh Pesto

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Salads and Veggies
Servings

4

servings

Sweet homegrown garden peas, homegrown mint, homegrown spring onions, homegrown garlic and yes, homegrown chilis. 

Ingredients

  • Peas – 1 cup, blanched

  • Garlic – 1 clove

  • Spring onion – 2

  • Chili – 1 tabasco chili or other small chili

  • Mint – 1/4 cup of mint leaves

  • Lemon – 1 tablespoon juice and 1 small peel

  • Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Directions

  • Once the peas have been blanched to soften, place in the processor.
  • Rough chop the mint leaves and toss into the processor along with the remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth.

Recipe Video

Minted pea pesto
Minted Pea Pesto
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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Kimi San Bhopal
2 years ago

Looks so yummy

 

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