Pea purée is very easy to make. It's fresh sweet flavour makes it the perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish dishes. This recipe is made using fresh or frozen garden peas and fresh mint.
Pour the water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil on a high heat. Add the peas, salt, and mint and bring back to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the peas are tender (about 5 minutes).
Drain the peas, add the butter then use an immersion blender, to quickly purée the peas to create a smooth paste.
• If you don't have an immersion blender, use a food processor instead or mash the peas with a fork.
Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper.
You can serve the peas in the rough purée form but if you want a very fine, smooth purée, push the mixture through a fine sieve with the back of a spoon.
Serve minted pea purée warm.