Pea Fritters

1 1/2 pounds of fresh peas (in their pod) or 1 1/2 cups of fresh peas
Salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
Vegetable Oil
1 shallot, minced
4-5 mint leaves, chopped
1 heaping tablespoon greek yogurt
1/2 large egg 
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, panko bread crumbs

1. Split the pods, revealing the pretty round peas. Transfer them to a small bowl and set aside. (It took me about 10 minutes to split open all of the pods.)

2. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt and lime juice. Transfer peas to the saucepan and blanch for 2 minutes. Prepare an ice bath: a few cups of water and a heaping handful of ice. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water and stir. After the peas are done blanching, transfer them to the salt bath until they're cold. Next, drain the peas in a colander and set aside. 

3. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet. When oil is hot, add minced shallots and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer the shallots to a food processor, along with the mint leaves, greek yogurt and pinch of salt. Reserve 1/4 cup of peas and set aside. (We're going to add these later.) Add the peas and pulse for about a minute. Mixture should be smooth but chunky. Transfer the pea mixture to a bowl and mix in the remaining 1/4 cup of peas, egg, flour and panko bread crumbs. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.  

4. To shape the fritters, add two tablespoons of the pea mixture to your palm. Press the mixture, shaping it into a compacted disc. Repeat the process until you're done with the mixture. You should end up with  fritters. 

5. Add 1-inch of vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet. When oil is hot, gently transfer pea fritters, cooking two at a time. Cook them on each side, about 2-3 minutes, and until golden brown. Drain fritters on a bed of paper towels. Transfer them to a warm oven until you're done cooking all of the fritters. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. 
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