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Crunchy Roasted Peas

 

Yields:  about 1.5 cups          Prep Time:  15 minutes       Total Time:  1 hour

 

Peas are rich in protein and fiber, and when roasted with just the right spices, they turn into a deliciously crunchy snack for all!

 

Ingredients

16 ounces (1 bag) frozen peas, completely defrosted

3 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon ground paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

2. Place frozen peas in a colander and rinse to help defrost.  Completely defrost the peas.  Dry on a towel.

 

 

3. Place peas on a baking tray (I prefer to line mine with a silicone mat or parchment paper for easy clean up.)

 

 

4. Toss with olive oil and spices, coating evenly.

 

 

5. Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and stir peas around.  Place back in oven for another 20 minutes and repeat.

 

6. At 40 minutes in the oven, the peas should be getting crispy.  This next part can range from 5 – 15 minutes, but goes fast and the peas can burn.  So, put back in the oven, setting the timer every 5 minutes and turn the peas until they are crispy, without burning.

 

7. Remove from oven and let cool.  Remember, the peas will get crispier as they cool.  Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

 

 

We are not big fans of peas in our house.  Now, don’t get me wrong, all three of my kids get a kick out of saying the word, “pea”, but it’s not the green little veggie they have in mind.  But I digress.

 

Many recipes for include peas, as it seems kids like these small bright green spheres.  However, they just never went over well for us.  Although, my youngest always ate them in stir-frys.

 

Yet, when I made them crunchy, with a little extra pizzazz from seasoning, they really enjoyed them.  It was again my youngest who had them trailing all over the house.  I kid you not, I found crunchy little peas in the couch and even in her room.  (I think she kept grabbing handfuls while I was photographing.)

 

 

These are a great snack for a party, as they can sit out in a dish.  One observation is that if they are not cooked enough (or at a high enough heat), they will stay mushy on the inside while still being crispy on the outside.  Some may like that  - we did not.  So, the idea is to make sure they are as devoid of moisture BEFORE going in the oven.

 

My dad gave them a try as well, adding some cayenne pepper to his batch.  We stuck with a little milder spices, and that worked just fine!

 

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