Monday, November 24, 2008

Balsamic Peppers with Feta Cheese

This appetizer came to me when I challenged myself to have a small dinner party without going to the grocery store. With a bit of creativity, the night was perfect! This was a great anti-pasto style starter for the evening. Serve with your favorite glass of wine, and you are set!


1 jar of roasted red peppers (about one cup sliced)
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

4 slices of white bread
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Serves 4

Simply drain the peppers, and them slice them into thick pieces. In a bowl, combine the peppers with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Arrange the peppers on a serving tray and surround with the feta cheese crumbles.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the crusts off of your white bread, and then cut each slice in half down the middle. Feel free to keep the crusts on if you like, I was simply trying to hide the fact that I had used regular ol' wonder bread. I think it worked! Now brush each piece with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Arrange the slices on a cookie sheet, and heat for 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown. Serve with the peppers and cheese for a wonderful and quick appetizer.

If you really wanted to make something special, garnish the dish with capers and fresh basil.

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