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Chevre and Roasted Bell Pepper Crostini Cooking View

Crostini and bruschetta are always an easy entertaining option, but sometimes they can get a bit old and tired.  Believe me, I love a classic tomato basil bruschetta topping as much as most people, but a new twist is always welcome.  I’ve been wanting to try this version for quite a long time and finally got around to it for our holiday party this weekend.  Baguette slices are toasted and rubbed with garlic, spread with a lightly seasoned goat cheese and then topped with vibrant marinated roasted bell peppers.  It’s a very simple concept and while I expected to like them, I didn’t expect to fall head over heels for them.  Believe it or not, these were my favorite savory item from our party menu (even more than the mac and cheese!)  The marinated peppers and goat cheese mixture can be made well in advance so that the only work required is a bit of last minute assembly.  I adore the bright, eye-popping colors of the red, orange, and yellow pepper combination, but you could use all red peppers and top with some thinly sliced basil for a festive holiday appetizer.

Chevre and Roasted Bell Pepper Crostini
Yield: About 3 dozen crostini

Ingredients

For the peppers:
3-4 bell peppers (red, orange or yellow)
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. red pepper flakes

For the goat cheese spread:
8 oz. goat cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. heavy cream or half-and-half
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve: 
Baguette slices
Olive oil
1 clove garlic, cut in half
Minced fresh parsley or basil, for garnish

Cooking View

Directions

  • Preheat the broiler.  Place the bell peppers on a baking sheet.  Broil, turning occasionally, until all sides are partially browned and bubbling.  Remove from the oven, transfer to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rest for 15-20 minutes.

  • Remove the peppers from the bowl and peel away the skins.  Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers, and slice thinly.  In a bowl or other container, combine the sliced peppers, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.  Refrigerate and let marinate for at least 3 hours.

  • To make the goat cheese mixture, combine the goat cheese, garlic, and cream, and stir with a spoon until smooth and well blended.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • When you are ready to assemble the crostini, preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Lightly brush baguette slices with olive oil.  Place on a baking sheet and bake until light golden and crisp, about 3-5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and rub the cut side of the garlic over the top of each baguette slice.  Spread a thin layer of the goat cheese mixture over each baguette slice and top with a spoonful of the pepper mixture.  Sprinkle with minced fresh herbs, if desired.  Serve immediately.

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  • Maria

    Annie, I’m Maria, from Barcelona, and here roast peppers is a common dish. We also roast eggplant, onion and tomato. We marinate them with olive oil and slices of garlic. We also put oreganus with the tomatoes. You peel it and it’s a perfect side dish of a plain omelette or like a crostini or BBQ.
    Then we toast a slice of bread, we spread all-i- oli (garlic and oil) which is a thick sauce with smashed garlic and salt, a yolk of an egg and then very slowly we add olive oil mixing constantly.
    You spread it in a piece of toasted bread, you put all the veggies on top and you can go to heaven!!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smb_flickr/3270477312/

    http://www.vegueries.com/gastronomia/escalivadaESP.asp

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  • http://www.beckiswholelife.com Becki’s Whole Life

    I love goat cheese and peppers…such a great flavor combo. This is a nice appetizer and very festive looking, too!

  • http://www.beckiswholelife.com Becki’s Whole Life

    I love goat cheese and peppers…such a great flavor combo. This is a nice appetizer and very festive looking, too!

  • Anonymous

    I like the ‘back to top’ feature! I have to figure out a way to implement that on my blog.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    Annie! This sounds lovely. Also, great new way to present recipes! I love the new look :)

  • branny

    I like the ‘back to top’ feature! I have to figure out a way to implement that on my blog.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    Annie! This sounds lovely. Also, great new way to present recipes! I love the new look :)

  • Carilyne

    LOVE the new layout Annie!! :)

  • Carilyne

    LOVE the new layout Annie!! :)

  • Kathryn

    Perfect! I’ve been looking for a relatively simple recipe to add to our holiday party coming up! Excited to try it!

  • http://twitter.com/2NDcreative B. Ryan Hunley

    Yum. Will add this to the rotation

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    Great look to the blog! Very inviting!

  • http://www.tablefortwoblog.com Julie @ Table for Two

    omg, I LOVE the new layout!!!!! looks AMAZING!!!

  • Melissa

    Annie, the recipe and directions didn’t show up in Google Reader!!! I know you have been working hard on your site update, so please make sure everything is the same in Google Reader. Thanks!!

  • Melissa

    Annie, the recipe and directions didn’t show up in Google Reader!!! I know you have been working hard on your site update, so please make sure everything is the same in Google Reader. Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    This would be great for our Cmas Eve spread! YAY! Love the new format here!

  • AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    This would be great for our Cmas Eve spread! YAY! Love the new format here!

  • trixie

    Your new layout is as sweet as your cookie and cake decorations are…

  • trixie

    Your new layout is as sweet as your cookie and cake decorations are…

  • Robin

    You just made a great blog layout even better! :)

  • Robin

    You just made a great blog layout even better! :)

  • http://www.thelifeofawife.com/ sherri lynn

    Love the new design! I really like having pictures of each recipe in your recipe index and thanks for making the conversion chart! :)

  • http://www.thelifeofawife.com/ sherri lynn

    Love the new design! I really like having pictures of each recipe in your recipe index and thanks for making the conversion chart! :)

  • http://www.foodiebride.com Shawnda

    The goat cheese + red pepper combo is one of my favorite! And I love the new look!

  • http://www.foodiebride.com Shawnda

    The goat cheese + red pepper combo is one of my favorite! And I love the new look!

  • http://www.thelittlebitchinkitchen.com Kristen Edens

    Looks tasty! Love the new site!!

  • http://www.thelittlebitchinkitchen.com/ Kristen @ The LBK

    Looks tasty! Love the new site!!

  • Lisa

    Annie, I am loving the new layout. Very nice!

  • Lisa

    Annie, I am loving the new layout. Very nice!

  • Heidi C

    I’ve made crostini with goat cheese before, except they were topped with sauteed fennel, red onion, and tomatoes. This version looks delicious, too. I can’t wait to give them a try!

  • Heidi C

    I’ve made crostini with goat cheese before, except they were topped with sauteed fennel, red onion, and tomatoes. This version looks delicious, too. I can’t wait to give them a try!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    First off–I love this new look! The little paperclip on the side of the recipe is an adorable touch!

    These crostini look absolutely delicious. I know what I’m making for my next party!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    First off–I love this new look! The little paperclip on the side of the recipe is an adorable touch!

    These crostini look absolutely delicious. I know what I’m making for my next party!

  • Cara

    Loving the new look!

  • Cara

    Loving the new look!

  • Heather W.

    The new design is awesome!

  • Heather W.

    The new design is awesome!

  • Jennie

    I like the layout-but I miss the archives-I used to like to look and see what you have done seasonally years in the past…what about a feature that says One year ago, two years ago, etc. at the bottom of the recipe? So, for instance, I can look and see what Christmas goodies, etc. you did last year without looking for a specific recipe…Beggars can’t be choosers though-do what works for you! You have added greatly to my life and my family’s life since I found this blog! I am cooking dinner for my family on a regular basis, and have never had a kitchen disaster using one of your recipes (except I’m still scared to try macrons and pizza dough, so I guess I should get over that…)

  • Jennie

    I like the layout-but I miss the archives-I used to like to look and see what you have done seasonally years in the past…what about a feature that says One year ago, two years ago, etc. at the bottom of the recipe? So, for instance, I can look and see what Christmas goodies, etc. you did last year without looking for a specific recipe…Beggars can’t be choosers though-do what works for you! You have added greatly to my life and my family’s life since I found this blog! I am cooking dinner for my family on a regular basis, and have never had a kitchen disaster using one of your recipes (except I’m still scared to try macrons and pizza dough, so I guess I should get over that…)

  • Kate Gallimore

    LOVING these fancy new additions to the website!!!!

  • Kate Gallimore

    LOVING these fancy new additions to the website!!!!

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com/ Ann P.

    Totally lovin’ the new touches to the website, Annie!… And these crostini! They look amazing. :)

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com/ Ann P.

    Totally lovin’ the new touches to the website, Annie!… And these crostini! They look amazing. :)

  • http://www.themuffinmyth.com Katie

    I love the recipe card, cute! And I also love roasted peppers and goats cheese, so this is a sure hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.themuffinmyth.com Katie

    I love the recipe card, cute! And I also love roasted peppers and goats cheese, so this is a sure hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.krissys-creations.com Krissy’s Creations

    These would be a great addition to any party appetizer table! Love how colorful they are :). And your new design is wonderful!!!! I love how it still looks like your original design but with added flare :)

  • http://www.krissys-creations.com Krissy’s Creations

    These would be a great addition to any party appetizer table! Love how colorful they are :). And your new design is wonderful!!!! I love how it still looks like your original design but with added flare :)

  • Mary

    Love the new format!

  • Mary

    Love the new format!

  • http://hiddenponies.com Anna // hiddenponies

    Your site looks great!! Love the “recipe card” look with the paperclip, so perfect!

  • http://thebest-healthy-foods.com/ Yanti

    Good shot, detail and make me hungry, I wish I can make it

  • Ellen

    How far in advance to you think you could roast the peppers and leave them in the marinade? A couple of days?

  • Anonymous

    Sure.

  • gwyn

    This was delicious! I used pre-sliced baquette “chips” that the bakery department of our grocery store has and skipped the toasting with olive oil & garlic part & it was still yum! I did add salt & pepper to the peppers to give them a little more flavor but also didn’t add as much red pepper flakes. I topped them at the end with fresh basil. This is going on my list as a winner – it was definitely the hit of the party. (I love how you can do everything for this ahead of time except of course the assembly).