I love to see mint in a mint julep and beyond that I don't really have much use for it. However, mint has taken hold of my backyard to the point where I should be selling it in bunches at the local farmer's market.
It's always a nice decoration on a dessert plate but I think that concept only works in restaurants - at my house if I'm having a dinner party, realistically that sprig will never make it on to the plate. After a few courses, with wine always flowing in copious amounts, I'll tell myself - oh, next time. Hopefully the pie and whipped cream WILL reach the guests. Mint adornment? Who cares?
On the other hand fresh mint can always play a role - especially in this soup. It really defines the taste and makes for a great first course. —blanka.n
Large onion, chopped
salt and pepper
Medium zucchini, chopped (lightly peeled)
1 1/2 cups
Cans of chicken broth
1 1/4 cups
Fresh mint leaves, very lightly chopped
Saute onion in butter and olive oil, add salt and pepper and cook til very soft. Add zucchini and continue to cook for a few minutes. Add room-temp peas and cook another minute or two.
Add chicken broth and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add mint leaves and with an immersion blender - puree soup to desired consistency.
Add half and half. Serve hot or cold.