Once upon a time, there was a girl who was fairly unfamiliar with blue cheese. She knew that her parents liked blue cheese dressing, but she thought it tasted nasty.
Then, her fab sister introduced her to a new recipe starring blue cheese. The recipe even included as an ingredient blue cheese dressing, and the girl still liked it. Strike that, she loved it! She began requesting it whenever she visited her sister–it was that good!
One day, from memory, the girl decided to recreate the recipe, but she was missing one key ingredient: red bell pepper. Since she had most of the other ingredients, she decided to replace the red bell pepper with tomato dice. And it was great (although not as mind-blowingly fabulous as it was with red bell pepper, but a decent variation). The girl ate the whole plateful! Here is that recipe with the variation.
And, yes, I am that girl.
Blue Cheese Crostini
one baguette, thinly sliced on the bias (1/4-1/2 inch slices)
blue cheese dressing (for spreading)
one green bell pepper, diced
one red bell pepper, diced (or 1/2 cup tomato–preferably Roma–minced)
crumbled blue cheese (about 1/2 cup or more for sampling)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Arrange the baguette slices on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan lined with foil (especially if you are not a need food creator–like me!). Place one teaspoon of dressing on each slice of baguette. Use a pastry brush or spoon to spread the dressing to the crust of the baguette (like pizza sauce on pizza crust). Sprinkle with bell pepper (and tomato) dice liberally. Sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles. Take a bite or two of crumbles (you know you want to). Slide carefully into the oven. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes, or until the blue cheese is melted and vegetable pieces (and edges of baguette) brown slightly. (You may want to broil them for a few moments as well, but be careful when using the broiler. A recipe can go from delightfully done to needing dental records to identify the charred remains in milliseconds. Or close enough).
Devour immediately. Share if absolutely required. (Wink) Repeat as required. I’m the lucky recipient of a household where no one else eats blue cheese. 🙂
I’ve been known to consume a whole baguette’s worth in one sitting.
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