This creamy pea spread is a quick and easy recipe that makes for a pretty, festive holiday appetizer!
Servings 31/2 cups
Author Kathryn Doherty
1cupfresh ricotta cheese
1/2cupgrated Parmesan cheese
1garlic cloveroughly chopped
zest of 1 lemon
1-3teaspoonsextra-virgin olive oil
For serving: Toasted baguette slices with sliced radishesextra mint or extra Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a small handful of salt. Add frozen peas to boiling water and cook for 30 seconds.
Transfer the peas immediately to an ice bath to stop the cooking. (Just fill a bowl with water and ice and spoon the cooked peas into it.)
Add cooled peas and remaining ingredients to a food processor, starting with just 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Process until smooth, adding extra olive oil as needed to reach your desired consistency.
Season to taste and serve.
I love using this pea spread to top toasted baguette slices and then add some thinly sliced radishes for a festive little bite.Or, you can top the baguette slices with some extra Parmesan cheese or cracked black pepper or some slivered fresh mint leaves. Or just serve this spread with crackers and veggies.This dip is best enjoyed in the first two days after it's made.