Super Bowl Sunday Preparations

Super tasty football food.

I understand there’s a big football game coming up. Of course, all football games are now ruined for me because I was at the biggest football game of all — the Folsom High School Bulldogs winning the California Division II State Championship! But, for those who weren’t able to make that game, you’ll have to settled for some little professional game. Instead of the usual football garbage food, try having some tasty finger food instead. I made this pea pesto crostini for a party the other night and received rave reviews. It’s super easy and you can make the pesto a day or two ahead and then just toast the crostini and slap it together. Go Team!

Pea Pesto Crostini
Pesto:
1 (10 oz) package frozen peas, defrosted (I like Trader Joe’s)
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup grated Paremsean
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
1/3 cup olive oil
Crostini:
8 (1/2-inch thick) slices day-old baguette
1/3 cup olive oil
shaved Parmesean or 8 cherry tomatoes, halved for garnish

For the pea pesto: Pulse together the peas, garlic, Parmesean, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a food processor. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil until well combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

For the crostini: Preheat a stovetop griddle or grill pan on medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the sliced bread with olive oil and grill until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bread to a clean surface and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the prepared pesto on each slice. Top with shaved Parmesean or tomatoes and serve.

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About Chef Ro

I am executive chef of Barcellona Bites, a boutique catering and personal chef service in Folsom, CA. I am also a wife, mom of two college-aged daughters in the Pacific Northwest, yogi and animal lover. Please LIKE my facebook page for tasty recipes, helpful information and kitchen, cooking and lifestyle tips. www.facebook.com/barcellonabites
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