Spring Peas, their pods, and the whimsical pea tendrils always inspire me to create new recipes just so I can showcase their vibrant color, and the magical arrangement (inside the pods) designed by nature!

Spicy Minted Peas became this year’s creation, but then I couldn’t stop there… I created a yummy Spicy Shrimp Appetizer with the minted peas, so that YOU could have options:

-        Spicy Minted Pea Dip

-        Spicy Minted Pea Side-Dish

-        Spicy Shrimp Appetizers

All are fast, both recipes are right here!

Minted Pea Ingredients

-        Peas – 2 cups, steamed 7 minutes

-        Fresh Mint – ¼ cup chopped fine

-        Salt – 2 teaspoons

-        Chipotle Pepper Powder – 2 teaspoons

-        Garlic – 1 clove, crushed

-        Lime juice – ¼ cup

-        Olive oil – ¼ cup

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree.

This mix is now ready as a dip for a crudité platter, a side dish, or the filling for Spicy Shrimp Appetizers.

Spicy Shrimp Ingredients

-        Wonton Wrappers – about 20 for the pea recipe above

-        Grated Garlic Salt to taste

-        Shrimp – as many as the wonton wrappers you will use, raw

-        Olive Oil – 1 tablespoon for shrimp, and more to brush on the wonton wrappers

-        Salt – 2 teaspoons

-        Old Bay Seasoning – 1 tablespoon

-        Garlic – 1 clove, crushed

-        Lime juice – half a lime

Place wonton wrappers onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and brush a little olive oil onto each one. Sprinkle a little garlic salt onto the wonton wrappers.

Set the wonton wrappers down into a muffin pan to form them into an appetizer size cup. Bake at 350 for 7 – 10 minutes until golden.

Place raw shrimp into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, Old Bay Seasoning, garlic, and lime juice. Toss, and saute over high heat for about 5 minutes.

Arrange Appetizers

Spoon a little Spicy Mint Pea puree into each baked wonton. Top each with one cooked shrimp, and finish with a sprig of mint, pea tendril, or any garnish of your choice.

Crunchy. Spicy. Delicious!!