I am soooooooo excited about this recipe! Holy cow. Wasabi peas are one of my absolute favorite things to eat. Crunchy, sweet, savory, spicy. Yum! And of course, because I am an American, I freaking love me a dip. So, I have to say that putting the two together may be one of the best ideas I have ever had. Now do you wanna hear the best part? This dip is scandalously easy to make.
But before I tell you how to make it, there is something very important we must get out of the way. I need to teach you how to say wasabi like I do.
First, you must pretend that you are this guy.
Next, you must learn the correct pronunciation: wah-sah-beh.
Now for the delivery. You must say it in a very dramatic, whispering type fashion and do a karate chop with your hand.
OK. Let’s all do it together. Ready?
That was fun wasn’t it? You are going to be like me now aren’t you; and even if you are being mature and saying it the right way out loud, you will still say it like that in your head? Yeah, that’s good. I’m glad me and my coolness is rubbing off on you.
So now that we have that out of the way, let’s make some dip!
First off, cook up about a cup and a half of frozen green peas. I like to do this by putting them in a pot, covering them with water, and putting them on the stove. The second they start boiling I turn off the heat. These green peas really do cook up so fast, and you want them to stay the pretty, bright green color.
Once your peas are cooked, next you simply throw them in a food processor with all of their friends: lemon juice, olive oil, wasabi paste, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Then blend it up, and voila! You have wasabi peas you can put on a pita chip!
Now look though, don’t you take this up to your 4th of July party, not tell your friends what it is, let them assume it’s guacamole, and watch them feel the wasabi burn with no warning. Or I don’t know…maybe you should. Mwahahahhaa!
Wasabi Pea Dip
1 1/2 cups cooked green peas
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon wasabi paste
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Place all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. May be eaten right away or after chilling in the refrigerator for a few hours. Serve with pita chips.