Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/2 cups spring peas

  2. 1 baguette or other crusty bread

  3. 1/4 cup olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper

  4. 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  5. 14 ounces fresh ricotta cheese, store- bought or homemade

  6. 3 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  7. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves

  8. 1 tablespoon minced shallot

  9. 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano- reggiano cheese

  10. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil leaves

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Fill a medium bowl with ice and cold water, and set it aside.

  2. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the peas and cook until the water returns to a boil. Drain, and immediately submerge the peas in the ice water. When they have cooled, drain them again and set them aside.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill or a grill pan to medium high.

  4. Slice the baguette into 3 inch long oval slices, 1/4 inch thick. Brush one side of each slice with the olive oil, and season them with V teaspoon salt and V teaspoon pepper. Grill on both sides until toasted. Set aside.

  5. On a cutting board, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt over 1 teaspoon of the minced garlic. Chop the garlic and mash it with the flat side of your knife until the mixture forms a paste. In a small bowl, combine the garlic paste, ricotta, 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil, the 1 tablespoon mint, the shallot, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix well, and set aside.


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