Sweet Pea-Mint Crostini

August 2006
Sweet Pea-Mint Crostini

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Short on time? Serve the puree and parmesan in bowls alongside the toasts and let guests top their own crostini.

Makes: 10 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 12 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing on bread
  • Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved, for garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet and rub with the cut sides of the garlic, then brush with olive oil. Bake until the edges of the bread turn golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes. Drain in a colander, run cold water over the peas, then drain well.
  3. In a food processor or blender, puree the cooked peas, the 1/4 cup of olive oil, the lemon juice and mint until a coarse paste forms. Season to taste with salt and pepper; add more olive oil if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Spread the puree over the toasts and top with Parmesan shavings.
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