Turn ordinary peas into a taste sensational explosion in your mouth with macho peas.This is one recipe that I just had to recreate in my own kitchen. The main challenge to create the Nando’s copycat macho peas was a portion for one. There is five in the family and the other four just don’t do spicy.
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Copycat Macho Peas
It isn’t very often I go into chain restaurants to eat. On this occasion it wasn’t a problem as it was on the company credit card entertaining a client. The corporate life is now over and my life is more fulfilled here with my food blog.
My theory is if something can taste exactly the same in 50 plus restaurants then its boil in the bag. After all its students who work the grills so the skill level is next to zero. Don’t get me wrong the chicken in Nando’s is pretty good but the marinade makes it. Perhaps I need to marinate a chicken for 24 hours like Nando’s then cook it in the oven, then to finish on a griddle. (or BBQ)
I digress a little ranting about mass cooking as this is about the Macho Peas.
My customer I was with at the time ordered the spicy rice and I ordered the macho peas, both large to go with our chicken. As I mentioned it was tax deductible on the company credit card but I was gobsmacked to discover the macho peas were over £4.50. So at those prices it wasn’t going to be a regular trip to Nando’s.
It took a few trails and error’s to get to the perfect copycat macho peas. It had to be quick, convenient and of course not interfere with the rests of the families dinner. The quickest and most convenient way to start is with frozen peas. Personally I now get my petit pois at Aldi as they are far cheaper than any other supermarket.
- Handful of frozen petit pois
- 1 tsp of dried mint
- 1/2 tsp of dried chilies
- 1/4 of lemon for the juice
- pinch of sugar
- Knob of butter
- Salt & Pepper
Place mint and chilies in a small bowl
Squeeze the lemon over the mint and chilies
Add the peas to the dish
Season with salt & pepper and a pinch of sugar
Stir with a spoon
Place knob of butter on top of the peas
Cover with Cling film
Microwave for 1 1/2 mins to 2 mins
Remove cling film stir once more than serve
I occasionally throw in some chopped frozen ham into the peas
Macho Peas And Chilli
If your the same as me you probably think a chilli is a chilli and you buy them from the same place always. The supermarket occasionally loose or in a supermarket. Apparently chillies can be fruity, citrusy and some chillies are smoked to bring out another level of flavour. So my personal challenge this next month is to try some different chillies starting by ordering some from Amazon. If you would like to know more about growing your own chillies try this great site here.
Save those pennies and dry your own chillies and make your own chilli jam.
Macho Peas To The Next Level
So you like it hot ? Well I decided one day to take my Nandos copycat peas to the next level. I only added less than half a teaspoon of the spice and wow did it increase the heat level. What spice did I add to take the macho peas to macho man level.
I used cayenne pepper, only a sprinkle and boy did it set the perspiration a going. If you have any moire spice ideas to make the macho peas more macho man then let us know on CDI