Pea & Fennel Toasts with Sardines
To prepare puree: Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Set a bowl of ice water near the stove. Cook peas in the boiling water until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to the ice bath until cold, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the ice, then drain the peas in a colander. Let them stand until well drained, shaking the colander a few times, about 2 minutes.Advertisement
Transfer the peas to a food processor and add fennel fronds, 1/2 cup each oil and mint, green garlic, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Puree until slightly chunky, scraping down the sides once or twice.
To prepare toasts: Position a rack in top third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
Place bread on a baking sheet and brush both sides with 1 tablespoon oil. Broil until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Juice 1 lemon. Toss fennel with the juice, the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and salt and pepper. Spread 2 tablespoons of the pea puree on each toast. Divide the fennel among the toasts, lightly pressing it into the puree. Top each with a sardine (or anchovy). Top with mint. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges and serve with the toasts.
Tips: Green garlic, aka spring, new or young garlic, is garlic that hasn't fully matured. Look for bunches with long white or purple bases, intact roots and dark green leaves. Prep like a leek and use to give both a mild garlic and an onion flavor to salads, sauces, soups and pastas.
To make ahead: Refrigerate pea puree (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 day.
1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat