Sweet Pea & Ricotta Crostini

It’s spring!  It’s spring!  It’s spring!!!!!!!

Oh my word, after what seemed like the longest, grayest, snowy-est winter in history, spring has finally arrived!  Oddly in Kansas City, we had 9″ of snow decide to fall on the official first day of the new season.  (I know…ser-i-ous-ly.)  But as of today, all of the white has melted away, and we were able to see the beautiful green crocuses and buds beginning to show, that promise such beauty to come.  I love it!!!

So to celebrate all things “green” and fresh and new, I actually wanted to try out another recipe (I know – two in one week!) from the latest issue of Real Simple. The method is easy peasy.  ;)  Basically throw everything in a food processor, and voila!  A vivid, fresh, creamy, and completely addictive spread is yours to be enjoyed.  I loved it on the crostini, but excited to try the leftovers on a panini tomorrow, as well as a dip for other fresh veggies or crackers.

Sweet Pea & Ricotta Crostini

Voila! A vivid, fresh, creamy, and completely addictive spread is yours to be enjoyed! You'll love this Sweet Pea & Ricotta Crostini recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette (sliced thin on a diagonal)
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup ricotta (I used low-fat)
  • 1 scallion (green onion), cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 ounce Parmesan, cut into pieces (plus more grated Parmesan for topping)
  • one squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Toast until golden, about 10-12 minutes. (Watch carefully so they don't burn!)

Meanwhile, in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, puree the peas, ricotta, scallion, and Parmesan with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, salt (about 1/2 tsp.), and pepper (about 1/4 tsp.), scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, until the Parmesan is broken down and the mixture is nearly smooth.

Spread the pea mixture on the crostini and top with grated Parmesan, if desired.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Ali’s Tip:

Love the method!  Love the green!  I imagine this would work well too with asparagus, edamame, or a number of other veggies!  :)

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  1. A Bowl Of Mush — March 24, 2010 @ 9:16 am (#)

    Yummy! This is just my kind of thing! Must try this :)

  2. Sarah — March 24, 2010 @ 10:16 am (#)

    These appetizers look so good! Thanks for the recipe

  3. Natalie (The Sweets Life) — March 24, 2010 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to make this!!!

  4. Maria — March 24, 2010 @ 1:39 pm (#)

    I love the bright green color! Great snack!

  5. Natalie — March 24, 2010 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    These look yummy!

  6. Ali's Mom — March 24, 2010 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    I’m officially requesting this for Easter appetizers!

  7. noobcook — March 25, 2010 @ 8:32 am (#)

    your blog is absolutely beautiful. love the natural green here =)

  8. Aggie — March 26, 2010 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    I saw this in the magazine and have been craving it!! Can’t wait till my peas grow in the garden! Yours look delicious!

  9. lagaminegourmande — March 26, 2010 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    I made a recipe like this from Giada di Laurentis with mint, although not with the riccotta (which sounds delicious too!)

  10. Meagan — March 30, 2010 @ 4:02 pm (#)

    Ali – this looks great! I will have to have the fiance try it out for us as he is the cook in our house! Good for you on the successful blog and recipes! Hope all is well!