Pea Pesto Crostini

You read that right, it’s not a typo.  Keep an open mind.  Today’s recipe is outstandingly delicious and is absolutely, 100% worth your time to make and eat.  I know this because I witnessed grown women fighting over a platter of these crostini at an ornament exchange last Thursday evening.  It was ugly, I tell you!  So was the battle over the ornament I brought, (pretty white ice skates from Sendik’s, of course), but that’s beside the point.

While none of the ingredients are on sale this week, you can’t make much more frugal of an appetizer – I mean seriously, a bag of full price peas is like 1.89 or some such.

Oh wait, I lied – the grape tomatoes are on sale.  Whoopee!!  So is Kraft Parmesan in the green can.  You can use it if you want.  I won’t tell anyone or think less of your mad cooking skilz.

This recipe reminds me of a baby bib we used to have that said, “VISUALIZE WHIRLED PEAS”.

Heh, heh, heh….14 years later, I still giggle every time.

Serves:  4 – 6
Source:; recipe by Giada DeLaurentiis

1 (10 oz.) package of frozen peas, thawed
1 clove garlic
½ c. grated Parmesan (Kraft is on sale)
1 t. kosher salt
¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 c. olive oil

8 – ½” thick slices of baguette or ciabatta bread (**see note**)
1/3 c. olive oil

8 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (grape tomatoes are on sale)

For the pea pesto, pulse together the peas, garlic, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper in a food processor.  With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.  Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

For the crostini, preheat a stovetop griddle or grill pan on medium high heat.  Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil and grill until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Transfer the bread to a work surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice.  Top with tomato halves and serve.

**NOTE**  You could easily swap in purchased toasts or crostini if you don’t feel like messing with this step – this is what I did for the photo.  Still yummy!

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | December 13th, 2010