Ricotta and Pea Crostini with Tarragon and Pink Peppercorns

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Ricotta and Pea Crostini with Tarragon and Pink Peppercorns

This delicately flavored and out-of-the-ordinary appetizer is a welcome addition to a spring dinner or cocktail party. Whole-grain bread is delicious for the crostini, but a traditional French baguette works well, too.

 

Ricotta and Pea Crostini with Tarragon and Pink Peppercorns

 

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 green onion, sliced

1 Tbs. sliced green garlic, or 1 garlic clove, chopped

1 1/2 cups shelled English peas

1 1/2 Tbs. minced fresh tarragon, plus whole leaves for garnish

1/3 cup water

Kosher salt, to taste

3/4 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

24 thin baguette slices

Pink peppercorns for garnish

 

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

 

In a heavy fry pan over medium heat, warm the 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the green onion and green garlic and sauté until tender, about 1 minute. Add the peas and the 1 1/2 Tbs. minced tarragon and stir to coat. Add the water and a sprinkle of salt, and cook until the peas are tender and almost all of the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

 

Transfer the pea mixture to a food processor, add the ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. (The mixture can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days before continuing.)

 

Arrange the baguette slices on a large rimmed baking sheet. Brush the slices lightly with olive oil. Transfer to the oven and bake until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes.

 

Spread the toasts thickly with the pea puree and return them to the baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and heat just until the puree is warmed through, about 7 minutes.

 

Arrange the crostini on a platter, sprinkle with some pink peppercorns and tarragon leaves and serve immediately. Makes 24 crostini.

 

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Garden Cookbook by Jeanne KelleyFind more recipes inspired by fruits, vegetables or herbs grown in your own garden in Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Garden Cookbook, by Jeanne Kelley.

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