Bell Pepper Bruschetta Crostini is a mouthful in more ways than one. This is a crowd pleasing appetizer that would work for elegant dinners, holidays and game day. Easy to look at and delicious to eat the bruschetta can also be used as a dip with pita or tortilla chips. We have done that before and will again. I have never used less than 4 bell peppers because the recipe freezes so great. True, it is always gone if company comes over but I even make it for just us.
3 Tablespoons olive oil
4 large red, orange and yellow bell peppers, finely chopped
1 small red onion or half of a large one, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 roma tomato , finely chopped
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoons dried basil or 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped up
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 long loaf of Italian bread, sliced
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Heat the oil in a large skillet. add onion and bell peppers, all at once.
Cook over medium high heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic in the last 5 minutes for sauteing the onion and bells.
Add tomato and balsamic vinegar and cook 10 more minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve now, or refrigerate for later or freeze now.
IF SERVING NOW:
Prepare the crostini toasts:
Lay out the Italian bread slices on a cookie sheet. Lightly brush each bread with olive oil. The new silicone brushes are great. They wash up really easy.
Put the cookie sheet under broil. Don't do anything else. Just stand there and keep checking the bread and don't let burn. It only takes a couple of minutes.
After the toasts are lightly browned, remove from the oven.
They are ready to use anytime.
You can keep them in the refrigerator for later use too. Like, if the party is tomorrow or in a few days.
If freezing - Cool completely to room temperature. Put in a freezer container as defined in my article http://veganinthefreezer.com/preparing-food-for-the-freezer
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Remove from the freezer and put in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours. Zap in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off. Prepare the crostini toasts as described above. Put some bruschetta on each toast and serve.
For a delicious dip try the Bell Pepper Bruschetta Dip. Prepare all the ingredients as above for the Bell Pepper Bruschetta Crostini Recipe. I chopped the bells and onion super fine for the photo but you do not have to go to this extreme. We have served it both ways. Put the bruschetta in a bowl and serve with tortilla chips or any other of your favorite chips.