Sometimes trying a new ingredient will spur me to try or create a new recipe. Lately when I grocery shop, I have been trying something new nearly every time I go. It may be a new type of cheese, a new vegetable, or a condiment. This recipe is a result of one of those times. I recently bought my first wheel of brie. Kelli had told me how much she loved it, so I decided to give it a try. I must say, I am not as fond of it as Kelli, but it had a mild, creamy flavor that would certainly work with a lot of other ingredients.
I looked at various recipes that seemed interesting. I thought about making one that was more sweet than savory, but decided against it when I already had a dessert in mind to make. So after much recipe searching, I decided to make up my own. I had several interesting ingredients on hand. (Remember, I’ve been buying new things.) I always have green olives and garlic. Well, I also happened to have a jar of roasted red peppers and capers (which I’ve never used before).
I have always wanted to have an herb garden, but that can be a problem when your thumb is as black as mine. I’ve never grown anything that lived more than a few weeks! This year I bought basil, oregano, mint, cilantro, chives, and parsley. They sit in pots on my patio table. Well, I sadly say I am now minus the cilantro and chives. I told you my thumb was black! However, my other four still live and I had the opportunity tonight with this recipe to use my homegrown basil! If I didn’t have access to the fresh basil, I would probably just leave it out entirely from this recipe or sparingly use the dried basil.
So, this recipe was the result of me playing in the kitchen. And what’s the verdict? Everyone in my family loved it. I will definitely be making this one again!
Bruschetta with Roasted Red Pepper, Olive, and Brie
- Brie (or any other cheese you like)
- Olive oil or melted butter
- 1 loaf French bread
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup green olives, chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon capers (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil (use less if using dried)
Slice French bread into 1-inch pieces.
Drizzle olive oil or butter onto each side of bread and lightly toast on grill or in skillet.
Lightly spread brie or other cheese onto toasted bread.
Combine all ingredients for topping.
Spoon topping onto bread and cheese.
Place under broiler for 5-7 minutes until heated through.