Spring Pea Dip on Homemade Bread

I love fresh spring peas. Though they may take a few minutes to peel from the pods and drop into a bowl, the fresh sweet taste is well worth the effort. This dip is created entirely from fresh spring peas, steamed lightly and combined with a few simple ingredients into a delicious spread that is fantastic as a vegetable dip, with some crunchy chips or spread atop crusty french bread with a slice of radish and a sprinkle of sea salt.

The best part about this recipe is it’s utter simplicity. It bring out the very best in the peas with just a few ingredients, blended together- and that’s it. Embrace the natural flavours of fresh produce in-season, often they will surprise you in their intensity.

Fresh Spring Pea Dip
Makes about 2 cups dip

2 cups fresh spring peas
1 large clove garlic, chopped slightly
2 tbsp chopped chives
zest of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
sea salt, to taste

1. Place peas in a small-holed steamer basket and steam until bright green, 3-5 minutes. Set aside until cooled.

2. In a food processor, combine peas, garlic, chives, lemon zest and juice, a couple glugs of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Blend until combined.

3. Add olive oil as needed until mixture is mostly smooth- you can choose a consistency you like best. I like a little texture.

4. Season to taste and serve on top of warm toasted crostini with a thin slice of radish, or as a dip with crackers and crudités.

Note: You can find gluten-free baguette in the freezer section of most grocery stores.