Here’s a delicious and pretty appetizer to serve for summer entertaining > SWEET PEA CROSTINI WITH PROSCIUTTO
I mentioned in my last post that we went camping last weekend. It was a ton of work to get my family ready for two days of tent camping, but it was totally worth it. I could have just grabbed burgers and dogs, PB&J and a box of cereal… but NO, I can’t do that. I enjoy food too much to pass up the opportunity to make fun camping food. We arrived mid afternoon, set up our gear, and then sat down to relax with a glass of wine and some appetizers. Other friends were camping nearby, so we visited each other’s sites and shared grub. These Sweet Pea Crostini are SO simple to make. I used the recipe for Pea and Garlic Dip in Gale Gand’s new cookbook, “Gale Gand’s Lunch!” It can be used as a sandwich spread with turkey, or you can spread it on baguette and top with beef tenderloin, smoked salmon or shrimp (I opted for prosciutto). This is an appetizer recipe I will use again and again (and truth be told- I bookmarked a ton of other recipes in the book too!
Frozen (thawed) peas are mixed in a food processor with mint leaves, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil- that’s it!! It’s absolutely perfect for making ahead and assembling later (like at the campground).
Here’s my husband Brian (rare appearance!) Yes, he’s always this happy. He’s a life-of-the-party kind of guy! He loved my little appetizer, and the rest of our friends were intrigued with the recipe too. I know it’s not really the sort of thing you bring on a camping trip, but it seriously was SO easy to make and assemble. I just spooned the filling into a ziploc baggie, had the bread cut ahead of time and brought a package of prosciutto. It was really nice to have something a little gourmet to munch on our first night there.
Pretty, aren’t they? I really think they’d make a pretty appetizer for a summer barbecue, but I’m also thinking of Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day too 🙂 As for the taste… I couldn’t stop eating them. The pea dip has a hint of garlic and mint, and it is delicious paired with the salty prosciutto. I didn’t bother to toast the baguette slices. They were plenty good without toasting. One word of warning >> you may be accused of “glamping” (glamorous camping) if you take these appetizers camping. They’re a little fancy for that, but they’re so worth it!
Yield: 20 appetizers
Prep Time: 25 min
Sweet Pea Crostini with Prosciutto
1 pound frozen peas, thawed
5 medium fresh mint leaves
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more if desired
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more if desired
6 to 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 baguette, sliced (you'll need 20 slices)
20 pieces of prosciutto
1. Place the peas, mint, garlic, salt, pepper and 6 tablespoons olive oil in a food processor or a very good blender. Process until well-blended and fairly smooth (there will still be some chunky peas here and there). If the mixture is too thick, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to a covered container and chill until ready to serve (it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days).
2. When ready to serve, top each slice of bread with a generous spread of the pea dip. Drape pieces of prosciutto on top of each pea-topped baguette slice. Serve.
*If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to serve it on something that is GF- like rice crackers.
Source: Shared with permission (and slightly adapted) from Gale Gand's Lunch!, Houghton- Mifflin Harcourt : Copyright 2014
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