Sweet pea crostini brings a refreshing taste of spring to your gathering as a delicious seasonal appetizer for spring celebrations!
- 1 1/2 cups spring onions, sliced thin with white and green separated
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- 4 tbsp chives, chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1/4 cup mint, chopped
- 2 lemons, zested
- sea salt, to taste
- 1 12 oz package of fresh English peas, or 1 1/2 cups of shelled frozen peas (set aside a few for toppings)
- 2 cloves, of roasted garlic
- 1/2 cup vegan ricotta cheese, Kite Hill brand recommended
- 1/2 cup grated vegan parmesan cheese, Violife brand recommended
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chives, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- lemon zest
- 1 baguette, sliced on a diagonal
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- Heat a medium-size pot of salted water.
- Prepare Gremolata: Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan. Add the white parts of the spring onions and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Season with salt. Spoon transfer to a paper towel to soak up excess oil. Let cool. Add the cooked onion to a small bowl with other gremolata ingredients, including the uncooked green parts of the spring onion. Mix well and set the mint gremolata aside.
- Skip this step if using frozen peas. Prepare a large bowl with ice and water. Blanch the English peas in a pot of boiling water (use a strainer) for 2 -3 minutes. Shock peas by removing from heat and placing them in the cold water. This will stop them from cooking further and cool them off for the next step.
- Place the peas, and the rest of the pea spread ingredients in a food processor. Blend until creamy smooth, or somewhat chunky if you prefer.
- Toast the pine nuts on low heat in a small pan or oven.
- Toast the baguette slices until golden brown. Remove from the toaster and rub with a garlic clove for a little extra flavor.
- Top each toast in order with pea spread, gremolata, pine nuts, and extra parmesan if desired.
Extras: If you love peas, top each crostini with chopped sugar snap pea pods for some extra “raw” crisp!
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