Sometimes a crunchy and salty snack is the only thing that will satisfy a craving. Next time that mood strikes, try roasting green peas as an alternative to the usual processed suspects found in the chip aisle of the grocery store. You can customize this treat by adding your favorite seasonings like garlic or chili powder after roasting.
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Preheat a conventional oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash and drain the green peas, then let them dry on a few layers of paper towels for at least 30 minutes. The peas need to be completely dry before roasting.
Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, toss the peas with a light coating of cooking spray and salt.
Spread the peas out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the upper half of the oven, one level above the middle rack. Bake the peas for 60 to 90 minutes, making sure to take the baking sheet out every 10 minutes to gently shift back and forth. This will keep the peas from sticking and ensure even roasting.
Cooking time will vary depending on the oven used. Keep a close eye on the peas after 60 minutes to prevent them from burning.
Remove peas from the oven and place on a fresh sheet of paper towels when they are firm and crispy. The peas will become slightly crispier as they cool.
Once cooled enough, taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Roasted green peas can be kept in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag for up to 1 week.
After roasting green peas -- while they are still hot -- toss them with the seasoning or seasonings of your choice, such as:
- Curry powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder