Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwiches
Finding an excuse to eat garlic was not a difficult task for me. I am mostly Italian, so it’s pretty safe to assume I eat garlic on everything.
It probably won’t take me super long to go through that jar of minced garlic. I love the smell and I love the taste. I realize I am now driving away any potential male suitor (who still uses ‘male suitor’?), but I don’t care because that’s how much I love my garlic.
I was intrigued when I heard Tostitos came out with a new chip, the roasted garlic and black bean tortilla chip. I love tortilla chips, garlic, black beans, and natural things, so I had to pick up a bag. I also had a coupon. Score!
I.love.them. Confession: chips are my guilty pleasure food and if I could probably eat half the bag in a day if I let myself. Dinner from now on is going to be nachos. And guacamole. Mexican night anyone?
However, tonight was definitely all Italian. If there’s anything I love more than garlic, it’s ciabatta bread and roasted red peppers. Add in some goat cheese and capers, you have a meal.
Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwiches (adapted from Dana Treat)
1 medium sized red bell pepper
1 medium sized yellow bell pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp drained capers
1 ciabatta roll
1.5 oz soft goat cheese, I used Chevre
a few basil leaves, torn
- Set oven to broil. Cut the peppers into large slices and place inside down on a baking sheet. Broil for 10-ish minutes, flipping several times, until the skins have charred and wrinkled. If you have a gas stove, you can also quickly roast the peppers directly on top of the flame, like this.
- While the peppers are roasting, whisk together the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and capers. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to incorporate.
- After you roast the peppers and the skin is completely black, let the peppers cool and then peel the skin off. Place the hot peppers in the marinade and refrigerate for a few hours, or, if you’re impatient like me, just let it sit a few minutes.
- Cut the roll in half. Assemble the sandwiches by spreading goat cheese on both sides of the roll and topping one half with the peppers, a little bit of the marinade, and basil leaves. Close the sandwich with the other half of the roll and enjoy!
Roasted bell peppers are seriously like crack to me. They’re so candy-like, so delicious, and so easy to make. Thank you, Costco, for allowing me to satisfy my desire for bell peppers in bulk.
The one thing I thought I’d miss when I went vegetarian was sandwiches. Turns out vegetarian sandwiches are even better.