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Easy Snacks – Pea Pesto on Toasted Bruschetta

Posted on February 8, 2010 by in vegetarian

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These easy snacks have saved my b…..(you know what) several times in the last few weeks. Although I am getting up earlier and earlier every morning, my days seem to just not be long enough.
I try and do most of my baking, publishing, editing and photo shooting in the morning so that I can be there for my children when school ends , so things are pretty hectic around here.

A few times in the last couple of weeks I had to quickly make something for supper, because it was almost 6 and dad would be home for supper soon. It is then, that I had to revert to these easy snacks to save the day…. and believe me it did. My family loves this kind of eating! It is easy to handle, easy to make and very easy on the waistline….

Pestos are easiest thing to make and if you get the basics right, you can chop and change flavors to suite your palate or  the ingredients that you have available. Some of my favorites are Basil Pesto, Thai Pesto, Rocket and Walnut pesto, Sun-dried tomato Pesto and I am sure you can add even more flavors.
Last week I tried my hand at Pea Pesto and I think it will be somewhere around the top of my list of favorites from now on. It is so fresh, the color is so vibrant and the taste is just to-die-for…….

Pea Pesto
2 cups frozen peas – blanched for 4 minutes2 cloves garlic
1 chili
fresh basil and mint – I would say about  1 handful
zest and juice of a lemon2 handfuls freshly grated parmesan cheese
Drain the peas and cool in ice water to retain the color. P lace all the ingredients in your food processor and blitz until you have the acquired consistency….we like it coarse….  Spread on toasted ciabatta and finish off with Parmesan shavings, a drizzle of oil and some crushed black pepper……Delish!!!
Some of my other favorite Pest Recipes……

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17 Responses to “Easy Snacks – Pea Pesto on Toasted Bruschetta”

  1. My Carolina Kitchen 8 February 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    This bruschetta is almost too pretty to eat. I say "almost" because their beauty would never stop me from have several of these.

  2. Jan 8 February 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Love the idea of pea pesto! Looks delish!

  3. ♥peachkins♥ 8 February 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    This looks like the perfect aftie snack!

  4. Sook 8 February 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Oh this looks amazing. Also love the idea of pea pesto.

  5. Peter M 9 February 2010 at 12:03 am #

    What a fab pesto idea…peas! These would be fab with fresh peas…summer yet? (no)

  6. katerina 9 February 2010 at 2:16 am #

    Pea pesto, I have never heard of that, similar to mockamole I wonder?

    Yum, the pieces of cheese on top look delicious!

  7. Helene 9 February 2010 at 4:43 am #

    This is yum, yum!

  8. Peanutts 9 February 2010 at 8:40 am #

    pea pesto sounds goods, looks delish

  9. Food o' del Mundo 9 February 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    So bright and cheerful – it's chasing away my winter blahs already!

  10. Pam 9 February 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Wow – look at that color. This is my kind of bruschetta.

  11. Juno 11 February 2010 at 10:22 am #

    What a lovely idea: looks so fresh and tasty. Gorgeous photograph, Nina.

  12. Kevin 14 February 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Pea pesto is always nice and light and summery and good. I like to add mint to mine as well. Great shots!

  13. Jeanne @ CookSister! 2 March 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Oooh, gorgeous photo! I made something similar with broad beans – as you say, the possibilities with pesto are endless if you are willing to get creatve!

  14. Nici 22 July 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Made this pea pesto yesterday and served it on little crostinis as an appetiser with pre dinner drinks. Everybody loved it. It's really tasty and fresh. Will be one of my staples in future.

  15. Nici 22 July 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Made this pea pesto yesterday and served it on little crostinis as an appetiser with pre dinner drinks. Everybody loved it. It's really tasty and fresh. Will be one of my staples in future.

  16. Nina Timm 25 July 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Thx Nicci for trying another of my recipes….it makes me feel so healthy when I eat starters or snacks like these!!


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