These smashed peas are wonderful with grilled foods. Sometimes I will add a little mint if the dish is gamier. This is the straight-forward recipe. Add any herbs and spices that you see fit for a different variation.
12 oz package of frozen peas
2 tbls good quality butter
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste
In a small, heavy saucepan, add stock, peas, butter and salt. Cover and cook over very low heat until peas become bright and are no longer frozen. Remove the lid and add the cream. Turn up the heat to a simmer until peas are cooked and soft. Add a generous amount of ground black pepper and turn off heat.
Mash the peas until 80% of the peas are mashed. Add cream cheese and put the lid back on the saucepan. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Remove lid and blend cream cheese into the peas.