Caramelized Onion and Purple Bell Pepper Bruschetta with Roquefort Cheese
I don’t know about you, but a meal made out of appetizers is completely alluring to me, all the time. Something about little, flavorful bites gets me all happy. If you’ve ever seen me at a party, loitering around the food table, you probably figured something was up with this girl. Can’t help it. Little savory food is so yummy!
I started to think about what to do with these pretty purple peppers that were arriving in gorgeous truckloads from the fields at our little produce market. I didn’t buy a bazillion of them like I really wanted to, because I get myself into trouble that way. Especially when I don’t have a plan.
I started tinkering with the idea of a bruschetta made with bell peppers. I started picturing them all caramelized down with some vidalias and a sprinkle of sugar, and splashed with a little balsamic.
The sweetness of these peppers and onions definitely needed the sharp bite of roquefort cheese to make them fancy and delicious. (I used Ile de France Roquefort, and if you go to their website, you can print out a $1 off coupon!) I crumbled that crazy good bleu cheese right on there and melted it down. Then I challenged my family to enjoy this for dinner…
I seriously started out with the intent of serving these bruschetta bites as dinner. And I thought I’d have time to utilize some new apples and make a delicious rustic apple pie for dessert, and I thought, hey, that’ll be just fine, right? The 18 month old will love this for dinner…Then, in the midst of photographing I recognized the ridiculousness in my plan and I scrambled around in the fridge to come up with something suitable for a toddler dinner. There was some chaos, but I found some chicken and mushrooms and made a sauce and served it over linguine and they gobbled it. Whew. That left no time for the apple pie, but the point is, that though I really wanted to serve this bruschetta for dinner for my family of four, I didn’t. And you shouldn’t either, if your kids are small. I’m a slow learner. But you can make these for a party, a grown-up party, that is, and you should. You really should.
adapted from Ina Garten's Bell Pepper Bruschetta Ingredients Instructions
adapted from Ina Garten's Bell Pepper Bruschetta