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Pea & mint bruschetta with lemon

Rachel Phipps

A bright and easy dish that can be made in a pestle and mortar right at the table 

Recipe Meta

Prep

10 mins

Cook

5 mins

Serves

1

Difficulty

Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 large slices of day-old country style French bread
  • 300g young fresh garden peas
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Small handful of mint
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Method

Either toast the bread in a conventional toaster, or lightly brush it with olive oil before toasting on each side on a hot barbecue, griddle pan or even right onto the simmering plate of an Aga. Halve the bread slices (or simply use twice the amount sliced from a smaller loaf) and set aside ready for assembly.

In a pestle and mortar, lightly crush a good handful of torn mint, the zest of about ¾ of the lemon and some sea salt. Once the mint is well bruised, add the peas, a good dash of olive oil and a generous seasoning of black pepper – depending on the size of mortar you have, you might need to do this in batches.

Crush the peas until you have a very chunky spread, and season to taste.

Either spoon the pea mixture onto the toasts and serve straight away, or else carry the mortar to the table with a couple of spoons, ready for self-assembly. If you’re the one doing the plating, a few zests of the remaining lemon rasped using a wider hole on the grater makes a beautiful garnish.

ALTERNATIVE: for an upscale twist, wafer thin pieces of Parma ham would both look and taste beautiful scrunched on top of the bruschetta.

Image: John Holdship

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