Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta with Avocado and Pickled Radish

Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta with Avocado and Pickled Radish

Inspired by Nando's Peri Peri

Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta with Avocado and Pickled Radish | http://saltandwind.com If you know me, then you know I have a thing for Piri Piri sauce. And, though I'm not a major chain restaurant girl, I make an exception for Nando'...
Cuisine
Ingredients
13
Hands-On Time
30 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Yield
About 10 toasts
Servings
5 to 10
Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta with Avocado and Pickled Radish | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine
American, British
Ingredients
13
Hands-On Time
30 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Yield
About 10 toasts
Servings
5 to 10
Diet
Dairy-Free, Vegetarian
Smashed Spicy Pea Bruschetta with Avocado and Pickled Radish | http://saltandwind.com

If you know me, then you know I have a thing for Piri Piri sauce. And, though I'm not a major chain restaurant girl, I make an exception for Nando's Peri Peri joint. Whenever I come across one, I do not pass go and head there immediately. 

When we were filming Off Menu in Washington DC, I had dinner there twice in as many days and made sure to get the chicken with tons of mashed peas. The mashed peas are buttery like classic English mashed peas but have some herbs and a good amount of chili heat. This Spring, I decided to take my favorite Smashed Pea Bruschetta and make a version reminiscent of Nando's. It's a little fancier but still just as comforting. 

Ingredients

  • 10 (1/2-inch) slices French (aka sweet) baguette or whole wheat ciabatta

    (about 8 ounces)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    plus more for the toasts

  • kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen shelled sweet peas
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium lemon

    zested and juiced

  • 6 small radishes
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

    or white balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons unrefined granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

    plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 jalapeño or fresno chile

    small dice (can use Sriracha or another chili-garlic paste to taste)

  • 3 firm-ripe avocado

    peeled, pitted, and halved

Instructions

Heat oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Pour enough olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet to just coat it, add the baguette slices and toss to coat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in a single layer until crostini are toasted and crisp, about 15 minutes, turning crostini halfway through.

Tip

The crostini can be made up to 4 days ahead; store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the peas and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water.

Meanwhile, using a mandoline thinly slice the radish about 1/80inch thick. In a bowl mix the vinegar, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together until dissolved. Add the radishes and let sit for about 5 minutes. Drain off juice and set aside until ready to use. 

Transfer cooled peas to a medium nonreactive bowl, lightly mash peas with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Add butter, olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, chili or chili-garlic pasted, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine then taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

To serve, slice each avocado half thinly crosswise then gently push on it so it fans like a deck of cards. Top each crostini with a big spoonful of the pea mixture then top with about 1/4 of an avocado worth of slices. Top each toast with a big pinch of the radishes,  drizzle with a good quality extra virgin olive oil, garnish with any remaining mint leaves, and serve.

Footnotes

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http://saltandwind.com/recipes/307-smashed-spicy-pea-bruschetta-avocado-and-pickled-radish-recipe

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