Artichoke and Red Pepper Bruschetta

Artichoke and Red Pepper BruschettaRecipe
James Carrier
In an effort to duplicate the topping on a bruschetta she liked at a restaurant, Lynn Lloyd came up with this flavorful appetizer.

Yield:

Makes 3 dozen appetizers

Recipe from

Sunset

Nutritional Information

Calories 34
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Protein 1.3 g
Fat 1.1 g
Satfat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 4.5 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Sodium 80 mg
Cholesterol 1.1 mg

Ingredients

1 red bell pepper (about 1/2 lb.), rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1 red onion (about 6 oz.), peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced or pressed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped pimiento-stuffed Spanish-style green olives
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper
36 diagonally cut slices (1/4 in. thick) sourdough baguette (about 1 slender 8-oz. loaf)
1/2 cup grated asiago or parmesan cheese

Preparation

1. In a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, frequently stir bell pepper, onion, and garlic in oil until vegetables begin to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add artichokes, parsley, olives, and lemon juice, mixing well. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If making up to 1 day ahead, cover and chill.

2. Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a 12- by 15-inch baking sheet. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat until toasted on 1 side, about 1 minute. Remove from oven and turn slices over.

3. Spoon artichoke mixture equally on untoasted side of baguette slices; spread level. Sprinkle with cheese.

4. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat until cheese begins to melt and topping is hot, about 1 minute.