Our featured recipe this month puts an elegant twist on a classic Italian appetizer, bruschetta. While we usually think of bruschetta as toasted sliced bread topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, this version captures the savory flavors of roasted bell peppers, smoked salmon, chives and capers.
The Red Pepper Aioli not only knocks this dish into the stratosphere, but it can also be made fairly simply by pureeing 1/4 cup Jeff’s Garden Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, drained and 1/2 cup mayonnaise in a small food processor. It can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
While this appetizer can be enjoyed on any occasion, it’s absolutely delicious paired with your favorite white (or red) wine as you gather with friends this fall or even over the holidays. Hope you enjoy and please look out for more recipes made fresh in the Jeff’s Naturals kitchen.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
1 baguette crusty French bread
1/3 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 large red onion, minced
8 oz. Jeff’s Garden Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, drained
4 oz. Wild Smoked Salmon
4 oz. Jeff’s Garden Imported Non-Pareil Capers, drained
2 oz. fresh chives
Preheat broiler. Slice bread into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Drizzle with 1/3 cup olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toast bread in the broiler, turning once and removing when edges have browned. Roast onion in a pan over medium-high heat until edges just start to brown, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Dice peppers, and add to a large mixing bowl with the now cooled red onions. Shred the salmon using two forks to pull the meat apart, reducing the slices to the size of the peppers and onions. Add salmon and capers to the bowl and mix to combine evenly. Chop chives into 1-inch long pieces and set aside.
To assemble, top each piece of bread with a small spoonful of the aioli dressing, then follow with a slightly larger amount of the salmon mixture. Top with a few pieces of chopped chives to complete this delicious appetizer.