Thursday, August 21, 2014

Smashed Pea and Ricotta Crostini | Friday Night Bites

You know I adore a great Crostini.  How about you?  This week for Friday Night Bites, I have a simple yet sophisticated Crostini to share with all of you.  It is a Smashed Pea and Ricotta Crostini.  The bright green color of the pea along with the creamy white color of the ricotta and the garnish of the lemon zest make this one dynamite appetizer.  It is super simple to make and would pair beautifully with a French Rose, Sauvignon Blanc or Dry Riesling.

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I am a bit obsessed with Rose wine these days.  I know it is quite in vogue but it is one darn good wine.  I fancy the French varietals and pick a few up when I hit my local wine shop to always have on hand.  Hubby has not quite had the affinity that I do for this delightful wine, but he did enjoy a glass a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised.  I may just make a convert out of him yet.  Smile.

Hubby and I are still getting adjusted to our new puppies – Marty and Stewart.  I introduced you to them in my last post.  I call them affectionately the "furry terrorists".  We have had them now for 2 weeks and the potty training is a bit draining.  It had been over 14 years since we did this for our beloved Max.  I sure hope this phase goes quick – my patience is certainly being tested.  If anyone has any tricks on potty training puppies, PLEASE feel free to share.

In the meantime, hubby and I are so looking forward to this week’s Friday Night Bites.  We will sit out in the backyard and watch the pups run around like crazy people and hopefully get tuckered out.  Smile.

Smashed Pea and Ricotta Crostini

Makes 16

Baguette, 16 half inch slices
Olive Oil, for brushing
1 Cup English Peas
1 teaspoon vinegar
5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese
1 Garlic Clove, minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Mint, chiffonade
½ Cup Ricotta Cheese

Slice 16 pieces of the baguette and brush each side with olive oil. Lay onto a cookie sheet and toast under the broiler until golden brown on each side.  Flip over to brown other side.  Remove and set aside.

In a medium pot add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Add 1 teaspoon vinegar to the water.  Next add the peas and boil for 2 minutes.  Remove and place into a strainer to drain. 

Add the peas to a food processor along with the 5 tablespoons of olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic and salt.  Pulse until smooth but still had small pieces of the pea present.

To prepare, lay the toasted Crostini onto a platter.  Use a spoon to spread about 2 teaspoons or less of the pea mixture onto each Crostini.  Next add a dollop of the ricotta to each one and garnish with a bit of the lemon zest and mint.  Serve and enjoy!


  1. Congrats on the furry (adorbs!) additions to your family!!
    I love your crostini recipes, especially this one because it's lush + green! Gorgeous.

  2. I could make a meal of of these crostini, love!

  3. Roses - one of my favorites, as you know! These bites are beautiful, and definitely would go so well. Hope M&S are making progress, hang in there!!! Hugs!

  4. Lisa, these are gorgeous! I love the colors and flavors. I know you're having so much fun with those puppies despite how tiring they can be. How well remember those days.

  5. Delicious and so pretty with the bright green color!

  6. I'm with you about rose, Lisa. It's my favorite. Have you tried Domaine Tempier Bandol? It's hands down my favorite wine on the planet. And so nice on warm summer evenings.
    Your toasts look super tasty!
    Wishing you the best with your pups - I remember how tiring that phase is. Bad sleeps really catch up with you.

  7. Sounds like a great snack for a wine night in :) I've made a whipped ricotta spread for crostinis before -- one version was with a truffle oil and rosemary and the other was with honey. The idea of topping the smashed peas with a bit of ricotta sounds like a great contrast.

  8. This is a wonderful treat to me as a mint lover: -)
    used small fresh mozzarella balls to top up each piece. works well if you need a substitute for ricotta cheese.


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