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Pea Pesto Crostini

May 11, 2011
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  • Serves 6
Author Notes

The arrival of fresh peas is one of the most exciting food moments of the year for us. We wanted to create something that would take full advantage of the sweet, fresh flavor of peas, so we made a pesto (with parmesan and olive oil, but no nuts). Here we spread it on toasted bread with generous dollops of fresh ricotta, but it would be just as delicious with pasta, as a spread on a sandwich, or whatever else you can think of. —Foxes

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound of fresh english peas (about 1 cup shelled)
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 baguette sliced into cross sections
  • ricotta
  • additional olive oil for garnish
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the shelled peas to the water once boiling, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain peas, and transfer to food processor.
  2. Add garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper to food processor and blend until the mixture forms a paste. Slowly drizzle in each tablespoon of olive oil, pulsing the food process along the way, until the pea pesto reaches your desired consistency. Add more olive oil for a saucy pesto, less for more of a spread.
  3. Toast baguette pieces under broiler until golden brown. Spread the pea pesto on the toasts, then dollop a litte bit of ricotta on each piece. Finish with a pinch of salt, freshly ground pepper, and drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

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3 Reviews

kellyrossiter June 23, 2011
I've made this for two parties over the last two weeks and it was a huge hit both times. Great recipe, simple and delicious.
FoodieGoesHealthy May 26, 2011
Beautiful photography. Looks delicious!
Panfusine May 12, 2011
Reminds me of the crostini they served for Giada de Laurentiis book signing of her book last year.