Apr 28, 2019

Addicting Finger Food - Peas and Crispy Pancetta Crostini

Crostini or bruschetta? Even though my gut feeling told me this is a crostini appetizer, but still want to dig a little deeper.

Bruschetta comes from the Italian word bruscare, meaning "to roast over coals." So basically the bread is grilled, perhaps over file, and usually rubbed with garlic plus a little drizzle of olive oil. One source also mentioned that bruschetta is usually made with whole or wide slices of rustic bread.

In the case of crostini, it's usually made with baguette slices, or some other type of smaller bread slices. It usually comes with a topping, and the bread gets heated up in the oven.

So I guess my gut feeling was right?

Peas and crispy pancetta crostini -


  • 1 medium baguette
  • 110 grams pancetta slices
  • 3/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Some extra virgin olive oil
  • Some olive oil


Blanch peas and pat dry with paper towel.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit/218 degrees Celsius. 

Spread pancetta slices on the baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or till pancetta turns crisp and slightly darkened. Remove from heat and set aside till cool enough to handle by hand. 

Slice the baguette and lay on top of another prepared baking sheet. Drizzle some olive oil over and bake in high heat till warmed up. The baguette slices should be slightly crunchy to the bite but not hard as rock, that usually happens when heated up too long in the oven.

Use a food processor, add in 1 peeled garlic clove, 1/8 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice. Blend till smooth, but some tiny chunks are fine too.

Spread some pea purée to the toasted baguette slices then top with some crispy pancetta pieces

It makes a great party finger food. There's this tiny kick from the pea purée, just one clove of garlic gives such power and bring the whole taste up a notch. Don't even mention that savory note from pancetta slices, the flavor is further condensed thanks to the oven heat. I was going to save some for my family, but oops...It was way too addicting...  

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