Some time ago a picture of the ‘Toast with lemon pea puree’ appetizer from Bon Appetit magazine caught my eye. I liked this picture so much. It was bright and fresh. So I decided to play a game – to make my own mashed peas without looking into the published recipe.
It was really fun doing this.
My first question was: ‘What will go well with peas?’ – Mint, garlic, lemon and lime – they all should be good. What about parsley? It should be good as well. So I made green pea puree and compared the results. My list of the ingredients turned out to be very similar to the published version. I used fresh lemon juice vs. preserved. Also I made the puree without spring onion, but this sharp addition could bring a new dimension to the peas. I definitely liked the taste of green onions in the puree. I am sure I will try to use preserved lemon instead of the fresh lemon juice because I think the preserved ones could bring an interesting flavor note.
All in all, the appetizer turned out amazingly bright and delicious starter for the beginning of spring season.
Green Pea Crostini
- 2 cups green peas, fresh or frozen
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced
- ½ lemon or lime
- 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- 3 tbsp green onions or chives, finely chopped
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- sweet or smoked paprika to serve (to sprinkle)
- Slices of baguette or ciabatta
Bring water to a boil, add the peas and cook for 1 minute. Drain. Transfer the peas into a bowl with iced water to stop the cooking process and preserve the bright green color.
In a blender or a food processor blend the peas, garlic, grated zest of half a lemon and juice of half a lemon.
Stir in the parsley, green onions, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper and olive oil. Let it stand so the flavors develop.
Preheat an oven to 400 F (200 C). Put the bread slices on a baking sheet. If you wish, drizzle the slices with olive oil. Toast in the oven for about 5-10 minutes (maybe a little more, the exact time depends on the characteristics of the oven and the thickness and the quality of bread).
Spread the pea puree on the toast and slightly sprinkle with paprika.
Enjoy the world!