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What is 30RF you may ask? 30RF, or 30 Rock Friday, is a celebration of the fact that it is Friday and we made it through the week, and a chance to get together with friends, maybe even watch a few episodes of 30 Rock (disclaimer: If you are not watching 30Rock, you had better start). What started out as a night to order greasy takeout and drink too much has turned into a weekly potluck (and there are still adult beverages consumed).
This week the menu consisted of a few appetizers, grilled pita pizzas and our usual assortment of desserts from Farmland in Wakefield (thank you Teri). The pizzas were self-serve, with a variety of toppings from peppers, onions, jalapenos, olives, chicken, marinated artichoke hearts and basil. Served on top of already grilled pita bread from Calareso’s in Reading, this was a quick, easy and healthy dinner.
For the appetizers, I made a pea bruschetta. Using a recipe from one of my favorite chef’s, Giada de Laurentiis, I modified the presentation of the pea puree to be a bruschetta topping. There is essentially no prep work for this recipe, just toss into a food processor and spoon in top of some toasted bread. I have included the recipe below, and hope that it, and 30RF, become part of your week,
Giada’s Pea Puree
2 cups of frozen peas (thawed)
1/4 cup of fresh mint
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil (I use a bit less, add it by eye until the consistency of the puree looks right)
1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Combine peas, mint, garlic, salt and pepper in the food processor and pulse until pureed. Slowly pour in the olive oil while pulsing until consistency is similar to hummus. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
Cut a loaf of French bread along the bias, line on a baking sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Place under the broiler for a couple minutes to toast.
Spoon the puree onto the toasts or place the puree in a bowl and serve along side the toasts (or crackers) and cut vegetables for a quick appetizer.