Okay, I know this sounds completely strange...frozen peas as a dip? But, trust me, it is absolutely delicious! I have served this spread at many a social gathering and it is always a big hit! Please buy the smallest, sweetest bag of frozen peas you can find in the freezer section and make sure you use Pecorino cheese (and not just Parmesan). Pecorino has a strong, nutty flavor that balances well with the peas. Serve this spread with crostini bread and sliced grape tomatoes. Thank you to my friend, Lisa, for this yummy appetizer!
1 bag frozen peas, defrosted (let sit on the counter for about an hour)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
6 mint leaves (optional)
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with crackers or bread rounds and sliced grape tomatoes!