Bruschetta with smashed peas and crispy pancetta

We love this little bites of heaven! Peas bring a lovely lightness to these mini bruschetta


Bruschetta with smashed peas and crispy pancetta or Bruschetta con purè di piselli e pancetta croccante

Makes 10 – Preparation 10 minutes – Cooking 20 minutes


  • 1 ciabatta loaf
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 500g frozen peas
  • 10 slices of pancetta
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • salt and cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cut the ciabatta in half then cut each half into 5 slices. Place on a baking tray and drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Place in the oven until golden brown, 5-8 minutes.
    Remove and set aside.
  4. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, cook the peas for
    5 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold running water. Set to one side.
  5. Put the slices of pancetta on a wire rack over a baking tray, and then place in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  6. Place the cooked peas in a food processor with 4 tbsp olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and pulse for 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Divide the pea mixture between the bruschetta, then place
    a piece of crispy pancetta on each and serve.

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