{Guest Post} Pea Pesto Crostini from Flavia’s Flavors

You guys still checking in? Good, because I am so much closer to being unpacked and back to regular blogging and I have a treat for you today! I am thrilled to have one of my cyber friends guest-posting for me- Flavia from Flavia’s Flavors is here to share a delicious Italian recipe (her specialty) with you!  Although I’ve never met Flavia in person, I just know we’d be good friends. She is so sweet, helpful and constantly offers words of praise and encouragement to other bloggers. Plus she lives in Texas so I feel connected to her! Please enjoy her post and send her some love by checking out her blog, Flavia’s Flavors! Take it away Flavia!!!

Ciao! My name is Flavia and I blog over at Flavia’s Flavors. I am so excited to be guest posting here on Nutritious Eats. When Melanie tweeted about needing a guest post a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to help out a fellow food blogger. Melanie and I have become friendly though our respective blogs and on Twitter over the past year and it has been a joy getting to know her. She and I share the same food and lifestyle philosophy, so writing a guest post for her seemed like a natural match.

I come from an Italian family and grew up around people who used food and cooking as a way to keep their traditions alive, celebrate their Italian culture, express their love for their family, and nourish the people they cooked for with the freshest and best quality ingredients. I grew up eating really well.

My food and cooking philosophy is based on my passion for using the freshest and best-quality ingredients and cooking and baking from scratch to allow the inherent flavors and textures of ingredients to shine without using complicated techniques.  Recently, I made the decision to focus the majority of my blog’s content on Italian food and I am excited to begin sharing recipes of the dishes I grew up eating both at home in Maryland and in Italy in the homes of my paternal grandparents and relatives.

Crostini are an elegant yet simple appetizer that I grew up eating often. They are perfect for both a formal dinner party and a casual get-together. Crostini are my favorite appetizer because they are easy to make and lend themselves to endless variety. They make the perfect starter to nibble on before dinner without filling you up, and the ones I make are often vegetable-based, like these pea pesto crostini. They are a perfect example of taking basic Italian pantry staples and combining them to create a flavorful and beautiful appetizer.

Both the crostini and the pea pesto can be made a day in advance and assembled right before serving. Plated on a simple white platter, these crostini are stunning with the bright green pesto, the golden slices of baguette and the bright red cherry tomatoes. Between the beautiful colors and the bright, fresh flavors, these crostini are sure to become a part of your entertaining menu. Buon appetito!

Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe with us Flavia! I know I am craving this now!  If you haven’t already, go check out her delicious blog (and see you back here soon). Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. I’m really not sure how I’ve never made pea pesto before, because I love peas and I love pesto, so the two combined must be heaven on crostini! Heading over to check out Flavias Flavors now! Have fun unpacking :-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Maybe my kids would be distracted by the bread and actually eat the peas!

  3. Mimi says:

    That sounds and looks great! Nice and creamy. Love your’s and Flavia’s concept of wonderful fresh flavorful food AND not too complicated to make and with that great Mediterranean twist! My kind of dishes! Thank you both!

  4. Gwen says:

    So simple and fresh for summer, I could eat this for lunch w an iced tea. Now, let’s see if I can trick my pea hating husband into eating these!
    Headed over to Flavia’s site now, sounds fabulous!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Gwen! I was JUST thinking about you (like the day before you left this comment)- so weird! I was thinking about how it had been so long and that I needed to go visit your blog! Too funny. Hope you are well. :)

  5. Flavia says:

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to guest post for you, Melanie! You are welcome over at Flavia’s Flavors anytime! :)

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