Enjoy these fabulous recipes from Giada De Laurentiis’ latest cookbook, Giada at Home. And be sure to read the entire cover feature story on Giada, entitled “A Winning Combination.”Pea Pesto Crostini
4 to 6 servings
I don’t keep a lot in my freezer, but one thing you’ll always find there is a package of frozen peas. They’re sweet, they have a lovely green color, and when pureed they can satisfy a craving for a starchy food. If you’re not a big fan of peas, at least give this a try. I think it’s going to be your new favorite thing. I can’t resist eating it straight out of the bowl!
1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas, thawed
1 garlic clove
1⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
2⁄3 cup olive oil
8 (1⁄2-inch-thick) slices whole-grain baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably day-old (see Cook’s Note)
8 cherry tomatoes, halved, or 1 small tomato, diced
For the pea pesto: Pulse together in a food processor the peas, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. With the machine running, slowly add 1⁄3 cup of the olive oil and continue to mix until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
For the crostini: Preheat a stovetop griddle or grill pan over medium-high.
Brush both sides of each of the bread slices with the remaining 1⁄3 cup olive oil and grill until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bread to a platter and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons pesto on each slice. Top each crostini with 2 tomato halves and serve.
Cook’s Note: Day-old bread works best here because it stands up to the pea puree and isn’t too soft in the center. If you don’t have any on hand, you can dry out fresh bread by putting the slices in a 300oF oven until slightly crisp, about 5 minutes.