Smashed Pea Crostini

by Country Spoon

 

Sweet, tender and bright – green peas are the ultimate springtime food. To make them even more irresistible – mash them with garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil then spread over a warm crusty piece of stretch bread. This makes a great appetizer or side on a light meal and will leave your guests asking “what is that?” Peas!

Smashed Pea Crostini:

16 oz. fresh or frozen peas

1 garlic clove – quartered

1 T. olive oil + more for bread

pinch of table salt

freshly cracked black pepper

coarse sea salt for serving

1 loaf fresh stretch bread – sliced

In a medium sauce pan, combine 1/2 c. water with garlic, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bring mixture to a boil and add peas. Let simmer until peas are tender – about 4 minutes. Strain peas, while reserving the cooking liquid. Add cooked peas to a food processor. Pulse peas adding half of the reserved liquid until a semi smooth paste forms. Meanwhile, drizzle stretch bread with olive oil and broil until crisp and browned around the edges. Spread smashed peas over hot toasted bread and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Toasts to Spring!

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