Less is more in the kitchen this time of year, and when you can combine great farmer’s market products with minimal effort to create great dishes—well, it’s a win all the way around.
Our Sweet Pea Puree is one of our most popular appetizers. It’s a snap to make and always a crowd pleaser.
Makes about 1 ½ cups
- ½ pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 1 pound English peas, shelled (or frozen peas)
- ½ pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed, chopped in 1” pieces
- 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 3 scallions, green parts only, chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 baguette, sliced thin
- 1 piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnish
To make the Purée:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the peas and asparagus; cook until bright green and crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
When vegetables are fully cooled, strain well and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Purée with the ricotta, scallions and a drizzle of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
To make the Crostini:
Brush the bread slices on one side with olive oil and place on a baking sheet, oiled sides up. Bake in a 350° oven until lightly brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.
Spread the purée on the crostini and top with a shaving of Parmigiano. Serve immediately.
This recipe is very flexible: You can use all peas, either fresh or frozen, just one type of pea, substitute seasonal greens for the asparagus—whatever combination suits your preference.
A bit of lemon zest and/or lemon juice will brighten up the flavor. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the cheese.
½ pound sugar snap peas,
1 pound English peas or 16 ounce package frozen peas
½ pound asparagus
1 small container ricotta cheese
1 piece Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnish
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