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Pea and Mint Bruschetta

Posted By Produce Department On April 9, 2014 @ 3:36 pm In Uncategorized | No Comments

by Miyoko Schinner [1] author of  Artisan Vegan Cheese [2] and the The New Now and Zen Epicure [3].

These are like a party in your mouth with flavors that zazzle and pop. Taking just minutes to make, they are a wonderful quick appetizer for any party – not just the one in your mouth.

Pea & Mint Bruschetta72 cropped [4] Makes 12 – 16 pieces

The Pea and Mint Topping:

¼ cup roughly chopped shallots
A few tablespoons of water for sautéing
2 cups sweet peas, either fresh or frozen
½ cup lightly packed mint leaves, roughly chopped
½ cup lightly packed cilantro, roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground pepper to taste

Crostini:

12 – 16 1/4” slices baguette or ciabatta,
2 tablespoons olive oil

The Garnish:

1/3 cup Marcona almonds, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Start by making the crostini. Lightly brush the sliced bread on both sides with olive oil. Place the slices on a sheet pan in a single layer and bake until crispy, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the topping. Saute the shallots in a little water or oil until tender. Add the
peas to the shallots with a couple of tablespoons of water and cook until just tender. Fresh peas may take a few minutes longer than frozen; if using frozen, cook only long enough to thaw. If using frozen peas that are already thawed, you do not need to cook them at all – just mix with the shallots off of the heat.

Transfer the peas to a food processor and add the remaining ingredients. Process briefly to achieve a slightly textured consistency that is not entirely smooth.

To assemble, place a couple of tablespoons of the Pea and Mint Pesto on a crostini and sprinkle with chopped Marcona almonds. Pass around and have a party.


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[1] Miyoko Schinner: http://bit.ly/XwMsNf

[2] Artisan Vegan Cheese: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570672830/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p74_d1_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1HYD7AMWN2EHWZKG9QEJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846http://

[3] The New Now and Zen Epicure: http://www.amazon.com/New-Now-Zen-Epicure-Enlightened/dp/1570671141/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364421876&sr=1-1&keywords=the+new+now+and+zen+epicure

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