Thursday, June 4, 2009

Smashed Pea Crostini~

A Canadian Living Magazine Recipe.
While babysitting Sunday night I perused my daughter's CDN Living and this pea crostini caught my eye~

Sooo good! And simple as can be.
Refreshingly summer like and the color is beautiful!

All you need.. are peas.. I used frozen..Ricotta,mint,garlic,parmesan,salt and pepper..Oh and lemon juice~
I used homemade bread..not a baguette..worked perfectly.

Smashed Pea Crostini

By Alison Kent and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Tested Till Perfect
The classic combination of mint and peas makes for a lovely summery appetizer bursting with freshness.
Servings: 40 pieces

1 baguette (about 24 inches/60 cm)
1/3 cup (75 mL) extra-virgin oliveoil
1 cup (250 mL) fresh=2 0peas
1 cup (250 mL) ricottacheese
1/4 cup (50 mL) finely grated parmesancheese
3 tbsp (45 mL) packed fresh mint leaves
2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice
1 clovegarlic, minced (optional)
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
2 oz (60 g) parmesancheese, cut into shavings

Cut baguette into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices; arrange on baking sheet. Brush with 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil. Broil, turning once, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Set aside.

In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook peas just until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and chill in ic e water; drain well.

In food processor, purée together ricotta, remaining oil, grated Parmesan, mint, lemon juice, garlic (if using), salt and pepper. Pulse in peas until crushed but still chunky.

Top each crostini with some of the pea mixture. Garnish with Parmesan shavings.

I think I am hooked on frozen peas.They look and taste like summer to me and it's been a long time coming!


  1. Oh yes, what a great combination. Easy appetizer and so summer!

  2. I love peas and am trying to grow some this year. With my shady yard I'll probably get one or two but the fun is in the trying. This recipe sounds terrific! Pretty in green :)

  3. I love the look and sound of this. I love different kinds of bruschettas and crostinis - this is going into the 'soon to try' file! Beautiful, Monique!

  4. They ARE delicious! I hope you do try them:)Canadian Living at it's simplest:)

  5. Looks and sounds great! I miss Canadian Living over here. I do check out their site from time to time, but I always thought their magazine was the greatest.

  6. Beautiful Monique....I must try these...
    Lovely pics as always!

  7. You know next time I wanna get smashed...

    I'll go green pea.


  8. Kathleen ..U made me smile out loud:)

    Marie.. you must have really great new magazines in England:) I am really enjoying your blog..
    You must miss the Maritimes too though..I love the people !