Growing up, my mom always told me tales of the frozen peas her mother served as an after-school snack. I think the story was supposed to make me feel grateful for the apple and cheddar slices I got at home. But now, in my thirties, I realize my mom (and her mom) were really onto something genius.
Because although you may think of frozen peas as more of an emergency ingredient — of both last-minute soup and head bump varieties — they actually make the perfect start to really tasty snacks. And here’s a time-saving hint: When using fresh peas, be sure to blanch them first. But if you're using frozen peas for these snacking ideas, you can skip the blanching step and simply set a few cups aside to thaw, draining them of any thawing liquid before use.