Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Flowers and Minted Pea Crostini

I love to grow flowers but have never been talented at arranging them in a vase.

Of course, when Mother Nature supplies the beauty even I can't screw them up.

Minted Pea Crostini: Makes about 1 dozen

1 loaf french bread, sliced on the angle, 12 pieces about 1/3 inch thick
2 cups fresh peas
4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup mint leaves, torn
juice of one lemon
olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat broiler.

Arrange french bread slices on a cookie sheet. Broil for 30 to 60 seconds, just until the top of the bread is golden. Set aside.

Place peas in microwavable dish, add 1/4 cup water and microwave for 4 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

Place peas, mint and lemon juice in bowl of food processor, process until almost smooth. Add goat cheese and process again until smooth.

If puree is too dry drizzle some extra virgin olive oil into the bowl and process again using on/off bursts. Add salt and pepper to taste, process.

To serve:

Turn bread over so that toasted side is on the bottom. Pile minted pea puree on untoasted side and serve as crostini. OR serve with tortilla chips and a variety of raw vegetables. The pea puree also makes a beautiful bed for grilled shrimp, scallops or fish. Makes about 2 cups.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

I am taking this to my sister Jen's house today. Sister M is meeting me there where we will sit around the pool, eat crostini, drink margaritas and talk sister talk. That's the kind of day I'm having. How about you?
What kind of day are you having?


  1. I can't seem to get around to 2 whole cups of fresh peas. I eat them all while I'm shelling them!

  2. Looks so good, I will have to try it this week for sure. The flowers were lovely as well. Thanks

  3. That sounds like the absolutely perfect day. Enjoy!

    Must try this recipe. I like the low fat. Hmmm

    I'm heading up to the Lake. I miss being up there, now that we've moved down the hill to Reno. I miss my running stream and the pine trees. So we'll spend the night up there so I can finish up a few things. Maybe have dinner somewhere with a view of the Lake. I'm starting to feel a little like food again.

  4. Just looking at that stuff, I think that I would rather eat the flowers! haha


Wow. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I love feedback... what with being a cook and all. I will respond to your comments via email (if you do not have a "noreply" address or here, below your comment) As always, Bon Appetite!

Related Posts with Thumbnails