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Goat Cheese & Roasted Pepper Panini

May 31, 2009

~ Katy ~
A few years ago, Mary and John gave me a panini maker with a great cookbook.  I adapted one of the sandwich recipes into a crowd-pleasing and mighty pretty appetizer. 

Katy is second from right

Katy is second from left

The cookbook is Viana La Place Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini Sandwiches, Italian Style (pithy).  I’ve served this at many dinner parties, and it’s always a big hit.  I usually double or triple the recipe adding only 1.5x the oil, capers and lemon juice.

Goat Cheese and

Roasted Pepper Panini

5.5 ounces goat cheese,softened at room temperature

3 chopped green onions

1 Tblsp chopped Italian Parsley

1 Tblsp chopped Basil

2 minced garlic

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 ripe colored bell peppers

2 Tblsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tblsp lemon juice

2 Tblsp capers

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Baguette (usually a triple recipe will require 2 baguettes)

Place the goat cheese in a bowl and combine with the green onions, herbs and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.  You can prepare the cheese mixture several hours in advance (I usually do this the night before the party).  Refrigerate then bring to room temperature before using.

Roast the peppers (500 degree oven, turn once or twice, should take 20-30 minutes or so, then remove from oven, place in a paper bag, fold bag closed and let cool).  Remove the blackened skin, core, seeds and membranes.  Cut into strips.  Place in tupperware and toss in olive oil, capers, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.  Season with salt and pepper.  This mixture can also be prepared the night before.  Bake the baguette, cool, cut into 1/2″ slices at an angle.  Generously coat each slice with the goat cheese mixture, place the pepper slices on top.  Add the capers either to the goat cheese or on top of the pepper.  (Usually they roll off while eating them if you put them on top of the peppers.)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2009 9:28 am

    Love this sandwich! Looks perfect for this hot weather.

  2. June 16, 2009 2:04 pm

    YUMM!!! I love goat cheese anything!

  3. July 3, 2009 8:11 pm

    That looks really yummy! Going on the list of foods to try this summer…

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