Roasted Lemon Mint Pesto & Ricotta Tartines, Two Ways + Kale & Caramel Cookbook
Yields: 8-10 tartines
Roasted Lemon Mint Pesto
  • ½ medium lemon, thinly sliced, and seeded (about ⅛-inch thick)
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, packed
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds (or hazelnuts)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Savory option: 2 garlic cloves
Ricotta Tartines
  • 12 ounces whole milk basket ricotta (Lily has a homemade ricotta in her book - make it. Or use something like Bellwether Farms)
  • 1 small loaf sourdough or baguette, sliced and toasted (I use gluten-free Bread SRSLY)
  • Optional: 2-3 tablespoons hemp hearts for garnish
For Pea & Fava Bean Tartines*
  • 1lb fresh English Peas
  • 1¼ lbs Fava Beans
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
For Blackberry Ricotta Tartines*
  • 10-14 ounces fresh blackberries
Roasted Lemon Mint Pesto
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the lemon slices in a single layer on the sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and roast for 15-17 minutes, until the juices are tacky and the lemons are beginning to caramelize.
  2. let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a small food processor or blender, add the remaining ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, the mint, nuts, salt, and if making savory version, garlic. Blend until you have a very lightly chunky pesto.
Make the tartines
  1. For the pea and fava bean tartines, shell the fava beans and peas into separate bowls. Blanch the fava beans in boiling water for 1 minute then transfer to an ice bath. Pop the beans out of their skins.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the peas and beans and cook, stirring, until bright green and cooked to your liking, about 2-4 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Spread ricotta cheese onto the toasted bread and top with pesto.
  4. For the pea and fava bean tartines, top with warm peas and fava beans and sprinkle with hemp hearts for garnish.
  5. For blackberry tartines, top with 5-6 blackberries and sprinkle with hemp hearts for garnish.
*These amounts of peas, beans, and blackberries will make the full 10-14 tartines. If you want to make half and half like I did, halve the ingredients!
Recipe by Snixy Kitchen at