I cook a dinner almost every night of the week, and it really doesn't bother me (quite the contrary - I love to cook for my fiancé!), but even I like to take a day off from the real cooking, and whip up something quick, easy and delicious to devour alfresco on our balcony. I especially love those recipes that don't require me to make a trip to the grocery store because I already have all the necessary ingredients at home. And that was exactly the case with this delicious pea crostini with mint and Parmesan.
I still had a bowl of fresh sweet peas from my parents' garden, the fresh mint is growing in a pot on our balcony, and there is always some Parmesan in our fridge for those impromptu pasta nights.
This is what you'll need if you want to give it a try:
Pea, mint and Parmesan crostini
* slices of fresh baguette
* 1/2 garlic clove
* 1 cup fresh peas
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* parmesan (grated)
* mint leaves
* balsamic vinegar
1. Rub the slices of bread with garlic clove (you can also grill them before).
2. Blanch peas in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
3. Drain peas, season with salt, olive oil and mash with the back of a fork. Add torn mint leaves and grated parmesan.
4. Spread the mixture over each toast. You can add a mint leaf a slice of parmesan and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.