Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lot's of Calories because of Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Crostini

My life has been all about the toast recently (although not Sunday afternoon thank god). First there was the cinnamon toast that I bought at that hole-in-the-wall diner (not the kind of place you would expect to find great cinnamon toast but I'll swear by it). Then there were this little crostinis that caught my eye in an old issue of Real Simple. Just a few small adjustments and I appetized myself on crostinis all afternoon. Who needs meals and guests when you can entertain yourself like this?

Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Crostini
(adapted from Real Simple)

-2 red peppers
-26 teaspoons roasted garlic
-olive oil
-salt and pepper
-1 baguette, sliced
-4 ounces, neufchatel cheese
-1/2 cup crumbled feta

1. Heat broiler. Place the red peppers on a baking sheet and broil until charred (about 10 minutes). Remove peppers from broiler and allow to cool. Remove skins, seeds and stem. Slice into strips.

2. Turn heat down to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle each slice with oil. Also top the slices with a pinch of pepper and salt. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (bread should be golden).

3. Mix the cream cheese and Feta in a small bowl. Spread cheese on top of each bread slice. Top with one slice of red pepper, one teaspoon of garlic and pinch of parsley. Serve to those you love (or to yourself if those you love don't like Feta cheese).

If I was a calorie counter downing that whole plate of crostini in a few hours might've brought about fits. But I was only concerned about one set of calories that day and it was the set that was playing on my stereo. Calories is a punk band from England that is prepping for the release of their sophomore album, Basic Nature. The album will hit the shelves on Sept. 13th. You can pre-order it here. "FFWD" comes from the new album. "Let's Pretend that We're Older" is from an earlier EP and is courtesy of Come Pick Me Up blog.