Pretty Peas to Please a Crowd

You’ve just been invited to a group dinner again, and you’re thinking, “Uh oh, what am I going to make?”  Here’s my solution:  It’s quick, easy, and flavorful.  It won’t break the bank, and it goes a long way.

Minted Pea Crostini

Serves: …?  (Neon says: “A football team.”)

INGREDIENTS

Minted Pea Pesto:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 20 oz. bags of peas
  • 2 tsp hot chili powder
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • handful of mint leaves (to your taste)
  • salt & pepper (to your taste)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated (plus some extra for garnish)

Crostini:

METHOD

Minted Pea Pesto:

  • Melt butter in a large nonstick saucepan.
  • Add the onion and chili powder.  Sautée the onions over a medium-low heat until they are translucent but not yet brown, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the peas and white wine.  Raise the heat to medium-high.  Stir the peas until they defrost, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add mint leaves, and stir.
  • Transfer pea mixture to a blender/food processor.  Add salt, pepper and parmesan.
  • Blend until the pea mixture is the consistency of hummus.

Crostini:

  • Thinly slice the french stick.  Spread the slices over a baking tray, and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Take your garlic clove and rub it on each slice of bread.
  • Place in an oven preheated to 325 degrees F for approximately 5 minutes on each side.  They should be lightly golden brown.

Your guests can build their crostini themselves, or you can plate them in advance with a garnish of freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

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