6/21/2012 03:57:00 PM

Peas Out: 5 Boston Dishes That Make Use of the Fresh Summer Veggie

English peas brighten Rialto's herb-crusted lamb chop.
Who doesn't love fresh peas, bright and flavorful? Boston chefs are taking advantage of the seasonal crop. Here are a few dishes where you can mind your peas...

Begin with a chilled pea soup at Radius, the swanky French find in the Financial District, where the peas are pureed with vegetable stock and a touch of spinach and served with a ham-and-crab beignet ($15; 617-426-1234).

English peas are part of Harvard Square's Rialto’s herb-crusted lamb chop dish with mousseron mushrooms and braised shoulder crespelle ($42; 617-661-5050). Meanwhile, at at 80 Thoreau in Concord, the English-cut lamb chop with bacon and hakurei turnips gets a pea-fritter accompaniment ($33; 978-318-0008).

Grill 23 & Bar in the Back Bay presents a spring pea and onion flan (how summery is that!) along with diver sea scallops and pepita-mint pesto ($36; 617-542-2255). And Lumière, the casual yet elegant French hot spot in Newton, keeps it simple by serving peas a la Francaise with its Lucki-7 Farm Berkshire pork tenderloin with pork jus and mint oil - or you can order the peas solo ($29/$8; 617-244-9199).

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