Roasted Red Bell Pepper Spread

This recipe makes a lot of spread; the leftovers are great on pasta and grilled fish or chicken.

Yield: 3 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Recipe from Southern Living

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 98
  • Fat: 6.1g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Sodium: 361mg

Ingredients

  • 4 large red bell peppers
  • 1 (8-ounce) package fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped purple onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Garnish: fresh fennel sprigs

Preparation

  1. Place bell peppers on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Broil 5 inches from heat (with electric oven door partially open) 5 to 10 minutes on each side or until bell peppers look blistered.
  3. Place bell peppers in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes to loosen skins. Peel bell peppers; remove and discard seeds.
  4. Sauté sliced mushrooms, chopped purple onion, and garlic in 1 1/2 teaspoons hot oil in a large skillet 10 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Remove mixture from heat, and set aside.
  5. Process bell peppers in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Add mushroom mixture, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, Parmesan cheese, and next 8 ingredients; pulse until ground. Serve with breadsticks, crackers, or assorted fresh vegetables. Garnish, if desired.
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