Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top Chef

Every summer during "family week" at the cottage in Holland, we like to come up with a theme. This year's theme was Top Chef. We divided up the nights and each couple took a night cooking for everyone, we had a caterer come and prepare dinner one night, one of the nights we went out to dinner, and finally we had an appetizer cook off. I wanted something that was delicious and filling, but I also didn't want to spend the entire day running to the store and preparing an elaborate dish. I mean, I was on vacation after all. I decided to make a tried and true appetizer in our house. This is so easy, and so light and refreshing, the prefect appetizer for a warm summer night. This one is comes from my girl Giada.

Pea Pesto Crostini

1 10oz package frozen peas, defrosted
1 clove garlic
1/2 c parmesan cheese
1 t kosher salt, plus extra for taste
1/4 t fresh ground pepper
1/3 c olive oil

For the crostini
day old baguette
1/3c olive oil
cherry tomatoes, halved

For the pesto. Pulse the peas, garlic, parmesan, 1 t of salt and 1/4t of pepper in food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Season with additional salt and pepper.

For the crostini. Slice the bread into 1/2 inch thickness, lay on a cookie sheet and brush with olive oil. Broil the bread for about 2 minutes. Flip the bread and repeat the process on new side. When bread has cooled, spoon pea pesto on a slice and top with a tomato slice. Enjoy!!


  1. I have been dying to try this recipe. I have heard it is amaze. My family has cook offs on our beach trip too. We each get a night to prepare a dinner and a signature drink. It is so fun!

  2. This sounds so yummy, Jill! I'm bookmarking this recipe to try before summer ends! xx

  3. We do the same thing and I go way overboard and decorate too- I like to do Mexican dishes and play la bamba and bring sombreros for everyone hahaha. great recipe thanks for sharing :) xoxo Lisa

  4. That sounds like so much fun and such a good idea!! Recipe sounds delicous and something even I could do : ) Xx. Enjoy!