Edible Landscaping - Green Pea Crostini

By Charlie Nardozzi

Meaning "little toasts" in Italian, crostini are literally small, thin slices of toasted bread, but the name also has come to mean a type of appetizer that consists of small slices of toast with a savory topping. Often, this topping is a moist pâte, such as this luscious one made of green peas flavored with herbs.

1cup vegetable stock
1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 to 10ounces green peas, fresh or frozen
1tablespoon minced, fresh chives
1tablespoon minced, fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2cup low-fat whipped cream cheese
1teaspoon lemon juice
One baguette, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Finely diced cooked bacon (optional)

In a small saucepan, combine the stock, red pepper, and peas. Cook over medium-high heat until the peas are tender, about 5 minutes, then drain.

Place the peas, chives, and parsley in a food processor and purée. Add the cream cheese and lemon juice and blend again. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Place in a covered container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until toasted and lightly golden. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the olive oil. Add to each crostini some of the pureed pea mixture. If desired, sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 to 8 servings.

Recipe by Maggie Oster, author of 20 books on gardening and cooking, and a regional editor for NGA. Maggie lives to garden and eat on the family farm in southern Indiana.

About Charlie Nardozzi
Thumb of 2020-06-04/Trish/0723fdCharlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone. He's the author of 6 books, has three radio shows in New England and a TV show. He leads Garden Tours around the world and consults with organizations and companies about gardening programs. See more about him at Gardening With Charlie.

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