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Red Pepper Boats



Category

Appetizers

Source

Recipe from Ciao Italia Family Classics

Link

www.ciaoitalia.com/

Description

Sweet red bell peppers are never boring; they can take on so many flavors and are perfect for a buffet spread. The play of flavors in the filling is an explosion in your mouth that eggs you on to have more than one or two or …

Number of Servings

Serves 12

Ingredients

4 sweet, red bell peppers
2/3 pound Genoa salame with peppercorns, diced
20 imported, black oil-cured olives, pitted and chopped
4 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup grated Asiago cheese

Preparation - Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Oil a 13-inch-by-9-inch baking dish. Cut away the stem tops of the peppers. Cut the peppers in half length-wise and into quarters, and then remove the seeds and white membranes. Arrange the quarters, cut side up, in the prepared dish.

2. In a food processor, pulse together the salame, olives and thyme to create a paste-like consistency. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Stir in the olive oil, salt and pepper.

3. Spread the paste evenly on the pepper quarters. Bake for 45 minutes or until the peppers are tender when pierced with a fork. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and continue cooking until the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Note: You can prepare these a day ahead up to the point of baking. Keep the premade boats refrigerated and covered.