This pea pesto is vibrant and fresh and makes a fabulous appetiser, snack or starter.
2 packets frozen puff pastry
1 egg, whisked with 15ml water
400g frozen peas
60ml pumpkin seeds
60ml grated parmesan cheese
60ml mint leaves, chopped
60ml basil leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
15ml lemon juice
125ml olive oil
500ml fresh ricotta (Search: Homemade Ricotta if you want to make your own)
Preheat your oven to 220℃ and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
Roll the puff pastry sheets lightly (just to straighten them) and cut each sheet in 6 or 8 equal pieces.
Place the pastry on the baking sheets and score a 1cm border around the edges with a butter/blunt knife.
Whisk the egg and 15ml water together and brush the pastry with the egg wash.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until done.
Remove the pastry from the oven and set aside to cool.
Fill a medium saucepan with water, season with salt and bring to a boil.
Add the frozen peas and blanch them for 1 minute.
Remove the peas with a slotted spoon to a mixing bowl and run cold water over it until cooled completely.
Add two thirds of the peas, all of the pumpkin seeds, parmesan, mint, basil, garlic, lemon juice and salt to the bowl of a food processor and blitz together.
Add the olive oil in a thin stream with the engine running.
Spoon the pesto into a bowl and add the reserved third of peas.
Stir through and taste for seasoning.
Spread ricotta onto each pastry square.
Top with a few dollops of pea pesto, black pepper and parmesan shavings.
Drizzle with olive oil to serve.