radish and pea shoot crostini.

June 19, 2012
it’s that time of year when crostini begins to appear on our dinner menu with almost embarrassing frequency. our neighborhood grocery knows what kind of baguette we prefer and by this point, when we walk in the door they’re already wrapping one in brown paper.
this can’t be helped. at the end of a hot day all i want is the crisp crunch of crostini topped with fresh vegetables. lately, it’s radishes and pea shoots.
radishes & pea shoots in a bowl
to make them is super easy: slice up a baguette. (i like to cut rounds on the diagonal to make them slightly larger than they would be otherwise). rub a bit of olive oil on both sides of the baguette rounds and toast in the oven until they’re just golden. as they cool, toss a bit of olive oil and lemon juice into sliced up radishes and pea shoots. a sprinkle of sea salt is delightful, but the radishes pack enough of a punch that you can forgo the pepper.
once the toasts are cooled, top each with a spoonful of fresh ricotta and add the dressed veggies. it’s the simplest thing to make at home, and you can gloat from the comfort of our own kitchen table about the fact that you didn’t just spend three dollars per piece. though, truth be told, sometimes crostini at a sidewalk cafe with a chilled glass of white wine is really the thing you need.
what are your favorite crostini additions? i’m always looking for something new to add to the rotation.

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  • Reply Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn June 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    My favorite crostini almost always involve olives. And olive oil. Hey, I'm noticing a theme…

  • Reply sweet harvest moon June 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    looks delicious!

  • Reply Ashley Blossom June 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I'd love to try this! šŸ™‚

    My yoga teacher brought sliced radishes with lemon and sea salt to class and I fell in love. It seems much better on a crostini.

  • Reply Norma June 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Husband makes the classic herb tomato w/ soft garlic and warm brie kind. So yummy~ This looks really yummy too so I'm going to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Alexa June 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    can you believe i have never made this?! looks like things are going to have to change around here šŸ™‚

  • Reply tinajo June 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Looks fresh and delicious!

  • Reply Tara June 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    We had a dear friend over who is an accomplished chef and he made the most delicious crostini. Saute a little shallot in olive oil and then add strawberries and balsamic. Cook for a little bit. Top the crostini with fresh ricotta, the strawberry "jam", a few more slivers of fresh strawberry and cracked black pepper. Yum.

  • Reply Heidi @foodiecrush June 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    New to your blog and it's gorg. I have a new blooooggg crush.

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