Sweet Pea Crostini

recipe
Sweet peas are in season--just in time for your next spring gathering. Offer nibbles of Sweet Pea Crostini to celebrate the abundance of this bright green gem.

Yield:

Makes 24 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Ingredients

4 green onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups blanched fresh sweet peas
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste
24 French baguette slices, toasted
Balsamic vinegar
Shaved Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Sauté green onions and minced garlic in hot olive oil 2 minutes. Add peas and lemon juice; cook until heated. Remove from heat; stir in freshly grated Parmesan cheese and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Spoon onto toasted French baguette slices. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese.

How to Blanch Peas: Cook desired amount of fresh sweet peas, snow peas, or sugar snap peas in boiling salted water to cover 1 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice-cold water to stop the cooking process; drain.

March 2012
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