Tonight’s the night: the Academy Awards! I don’t know about you, but I get oh so excited when it comes to viewing the red carpet, as well as the rest of the evening’s festivities. And what better way to enjoy the entertainment than with fabulously fashionable food? I’m bringing my Pea Pesto Crostini to the party…
Awards shows are always one of my favorite times for TV. Admittedly, I sometimes skim through the actual awards show…because the red carpet is truly where it all is at for me. I love seeing the beautiful red carpet gowns, jewelry, hair, makeup, and more. I can’t wait to see what some of my favorite celebrities will show up wearing. Tell me I’m not the only one who dreamed about walking the red carpet in a fabulous dress when I was young. The entire process of selecting a dress, primping and priming, and looking fantastic in general might be a lot of work, but I totally would want to try it at least once. I mean…for scientific research purposes of course. But alas, it seems as though I’ll just be relegated to watching the excitement from my own home instead. Oh well!
Since I’ll be having my own little red carpet viewing party this evening, that means it is time to break out the finger foods! I love small bites for this type of occasion, and these pea pesto crostini are party perfect. Fun fact: I eat peas almost every day. They are one of my all time favorite foods, especially when paired with Parmesan cheese. I eat them by themselves, I toss them with pasta, rice, quinoa, and more. But as a pesto – oh yes! Perhaps a new favorite of mine.
You can put this pesto together in just a few minutes, and they make a pretty platter for your party table. I just love the bright hue of the peas – green is one of my favorite colors. For ease, you can serve these crostini cold. However, if you prefer a hot bite, just pop the tray back into the oven for a few minutes to warm the pesto and shaved Parmesan through. Either way, they are enjoyable!
What will you be serving for your red carpet viewing party?
- 16 ounces fresh or frozen peas (thawed)
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup olive oil, plus additional for brushing on bread
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- Shaved Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Add peas, garlic, grated Parmesan, salt, pepper, and basil to a food processor. Pulse until combined - about 10 pulses.
- Turn the processor on medium speed and slowly drizzle in the olive oil - about 1 minute. Transfer finished pesto to a bowl and set aside.
- Slice baguette into rounds about ½ inch thick. Place evenly on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. Bake for 7-8 minutes until golden brown.
- Scoop about 1-2 teaspoons of pea pesto on to each baguette slice and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve, and enjoy!
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Pea pesto sounds amazing! Pinned! And I wish you could come over and watch the red carpet with me. That’s my favortie part, and the hubby promised to hook up a cable box in the theater room for me!
Beautiful vibrant colour and I am sure they taste amazing!
This looks good, and like I said to Christie of Food Done Light, I could always use some more ways to utilize pesto. Thank you for hosting!
These are so dainty and pretty! I love pesto, but have never thought of adding peas to the mix – great idea! Thank you for hosting a wonderful Red Carpet Party!
This would be a great party pleaser! Love the parmesan topping!
Crostinis are my favorite! I love your flavor combo!
One of my favorite things about a party is the finger foods! This Pea Pesto Crostini looks like a delicious appy to share!
Your crostini looks so yummy and bright—the remind me that spring WILL come! Perfect nibble for Oscar watching!
Oh this sounds wonderful! Absolutely love that it’s a nut free pesto too. Thanks for sharing, hosting, and happy viewing.
Oh these are beautiful!! Mmmm
That color is just spectacular, Katie! I love the sweet peas with the salty Parmesan. Thank you so much for hosting this great event!
Thanks for hosting this wonderful event and for making these incredible crostinis, love them!
I have to try these soon, they look awesome. I love peas and this has to be divine!
This recipe makes me think of Spring. It is gorgeous and perfect for watching the awards
Katie, these sound wonderful. I especially love the shaved Parmesan on top. SOOOOOOO goooood!
Pea pesto sounds amazing…this recipe looks like a keeper.
This is so my kind of food! Fresh and healthy, but you’d never know it was “good for you!” ! Beautiful dish!
I LOVE peas as a spread for crostini. The color is so beautiful! These look great.
I have never been a huge fan of peas, but your pesto is so bright and pretty that I think I could definitely give them a try in pesto-form!
I love everything with peas. This looks so moist and creamy!
Your recipe reminds me of and is making me long for spring. Totally a bright and lovely appetizer!!
Now this sounds like a pesto I’d like!
Thank you so much for hosting, you did a wonderful job! These little bites look fantastic to me! So, long story short, my husband is a *very* adventurous eater, but the one thing he won’t touch? Yep, peas. So a few years ago I made a pea pesto incredibly similar to this one and didn’t tell him there were peas in it; I wanted to see if he’d notice. He noticed. It was sad. But, more for me, right? 🙂