Pea and Ricotta Crostini

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Serves
24
Difficulty
Easy
Recipe Details
Ingredients
  • 10 oz frozen green peas, or fresh spring peas
  • 1/2 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup(s) mint leaves, fresh, firmly packed (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 1 clove(s) garlic clove(s)
  • 1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • 8 spray(s) cooking spray, or enough to coat baking sheet and bread
  • 6 oz French baguette bread, cut into 24 even slices
  • 6 medium fresh cherry tomato(es), cut into 4 wedges each
Instructions
  1. Bring a medium saucepan half full of water to a boil; add peas. Return to a boil; boil 1 minute to soften skins. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain again.
  2. Put drained peas into the bowl of a food processor; add ricotta, mint, Parmesan, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Process until mixture is smooth but still has a little bit of texture. Scrape mixture into a bowl and let stand at least 15 minutes for flavors to blend (or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days).
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. Place bread slices on prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray; bake until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes. Place bread slices on a wire rack; cool.
  5. To assemble crostini, mound 1 tablespoon pea mixture on each piece of toasted baguette. Top each with a cherry tomato wedge and a small mint leaf; serve. Yields 1 crostini per serving.