Tender crisp with a smokey essence ~ these peas are finished with a zesty and spicy nutty sauce… time to heat up the grill!
Finally fabulous weather in Connecticut! The rain has subsided and sunny skies and greener grass are abound.
Time to uncover the grill and get cooking outdoors!
Cooking vegetables are a breeze in a grill basket. I have a large one spanning about 12″ inches wide so the veggies can get tossed without falling through the grates – and all chars nicely.
My Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce is a game changer! Whirl away in your food processor (I use a 4 cup capacity one) and make extra to top … well everything!
Hazelnuts have a great nutrient profile. They are rich in unsaturated fats (mostly oleic acid), high in magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E.
Sure you could substitute peanuts/peanut butter in this recipe – yet hazelnuts add a nice sweet, buttery flavor with great crunch.
I made my own “Hazelnut Butter” which was quite easy using my spice mill. The blades are super sharp and is a great tool for small quantities. Yes – you can buy some instead – but I had a pound bag of hazelnuts!
To prepare: Coat the strung sugar snaps with a scant teaspoon of oil, sprinkle with sea salt and grill in the veggie basket over a hot 400 – 450 degree flame in your grill. Cooks in about 5 minutes. Open the grill three times and toss… to assure all the peas have charred evenly.
Plate the sugar snaps and top with: a drizzle of Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce, Chopped Hazelnuts, Purple Radish Sprouts and Sesame Seeds.
RECIPE: Charred Sugar Snap Peas on the Grill with Hazelnut-Sesame Sauce