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Smashed Pea, Ricotta, and Lemon Crostini

Smashed Pea, Ricotta, and Lemon Crostini

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Servings: Serves 8 (makes 18 crostini)Learn How to Scale This Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

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1/2 (11 oz.) each Nature's Place French baguette sliced into 18 slices
3 to 4 sprays olive oil cooking spray
1 ( 10 oz.) pkg frozen peas or 2 cups shelled fresh English peas
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 cup Part skim ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, plus additional for garnish
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 handful fresh thyme leaves (optional garnish)
1 handful pea tendrils or broccoli sprouts (optional garnish)
1 handful mint or parsley leaves (optional garnish)

directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the baguette slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Spray both sides with olive oil cooking spray. Toast until golden, about 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Let cool slightly on the pan.
2. While bread is toasting, in a medium pot, bring 3 cups water to a boil over high heat. When the water boils, add the peas and cook about 3 to 5 minutes, until tender but still green. Drain, rinse with cold water, and place in a medium bowl. Add oil, lemon juice, and salt to the peas. Use a potato masher or the tines of a fork to mash the peas until they are lightly smashed. Set aside.
3. Use a food processor or immersion blender to process the ricotta, lemon zest, and pepper until smooth and creamy.
4. Assemble the crostini. Spread a thin layer of the ricotta mixture (about 1 scant teaspoon)on each of the baguette toasts, then top each with 1 tablespoon of the smashed peas. Garnish with lemon zest and fresh thyme leaves or a pea tendril or sprout, if desired. Serve immediately.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, March - April 2012

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Quantity Ingredients  
1/2 (11 oz.) each Nature's Place French baguette s  
3 to 4 sprays olive oil cooking spray  
1 ( 10 oz.) pkg frozen peas or 2 cups shelled fres  
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil  
3 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice  
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste  
1/2 cup Part skim ricotta cheese  
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, plus additional for  
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper  
1 handful fresh thyme leaves (optional garnish)  
1 handful pea tendrils or broccoli sprouts (option  
1 handful mint or parsley leaves (optional garnish  
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* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate Less Than 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Less Than 25g 30g
Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 8 (makes 18 crostini)
Base Nutrients
Calories 150 kcal (7%)
Calories from Fat 41 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 5 g (6%)
Saturated Fat 2 g (7%)
Cholesterol 5 mg (1%)
Sodium 390 mg (16%)
Total Carbohydrates 19 g (6%)
Dietary Fiber 2 g (8%)
Protein 6 g (10%)
Vitamins
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Minerals
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a
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