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Appetizers, Vegetarian

Roasted red pepper crostini

Roasted red pepper crostini
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Back in the old days, we're talking 10 or 15 years ago, this time of year was something special. As soon as the weather started to turn, we'd go down to the specialty produce guy and put in an order ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes | Serves 6
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 4 1/2 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pimenton de la vera
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 slices rough country bread, preferably pane osso or batard

Step 1Remove a rough quarter of the pepper, cut it into thin slivers and set it aside.

Step 2With the motor running, drop the garlic through the feed tube of a food processor and mince well. Add the 3/4 portion of the pepper and grind as smooth as you can. Add the goat cheese and grind again. There will still be little bits of red pepper visible in the goat cheese. Stop, scrape down the sides, and then continue processing until the mixture is smooth and light, about 45 seconds. Add the vinegar, pimenton, salt and olive oil and process some more. You should have about 3/4 cup. Cover tightly and set aside until ready to use. If it's going to be longer than 30 minutes, refrigerate.

Step 3Toast the bread until golden just before serving. Spread a generous tablespoon of the topping on each slice of bread and garnish with some of the thinly sliced pepper (don't be too geometric with the garnish, a lazy strewing looks best).

Note: Pimenton de la vera is a smoky Spanish paprika that adds a distinctive note to this recipe. If you can't find it, hot Hungarian paprika will work, or you can just leave it out.

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