Baked Peas with Creamy Tarragon, Pistachio and Yogurt Sauce

I found this exiting new cook book : The Breakaway Cook, by Eric Gower. I am hooked! This baked pea recipe is fantastic! Creamy tarragon spiked yogurt pistachio sauce combined with sweet green peas. It was easy, delicious, and the leftover pistachio dressing is fantastic as salad dressing, as a spread or dip and even spread over bread for a sandwich, Make sure you make double the dressing, just in case! I also realized adding a bit of goat cheese to this dish really helps too, but its optional.

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1 pound frozen peas
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh tarragon leaves
2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup goat cheese (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 500 F.

Put the peas in a cooking pot or a small Dutch oven and gently heat them on the stove until they thaw, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, put the tarragon, scallions, olive oil, yogurt, goat cheese and 1/4 cup of the pistachios into a blender and puree. Gently mix into the peas, add salt and sprinkle the top with extra chopped pistachio. Bake for about 15 minutes – about the time the top will begin to brown. Remove and serve.

The original recipe calls for frozen peas but you could easily use shelled english shelling peas, lima beans or petite sweet peas as alternative. If you can’t find Greek yogurt, strain some plain yogurt through cheese cloth over a bowl for 2 hours to thicken it up and for the extra liquid to drain.

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