Cook1 hr 45 mins
One of my most popular vegetarian recipes at "Auberge de la Fontaine" and also great served as a starter too. There is something very theraputic about making this dish - choosing the plump red peppers & fresh fennel bulbs - then selecting a fine Chevre - goat's cheese! It is delicious served warm or at room temperature with the garlicky Balsamic vinegar & olive oil dressing they are roasted in, drizzled over the top. Mop up the juices with crusty fresh French bread and serve with a simple tossed salad. These also make a very colourful accompaniment for most main courses.
- 3 large red peppers, trimmed & halved
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 large red onion, peeled & cut into wedges
- 1 fennel bulb, trimmed & cut into wedges
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled & crushed
- black pepper
- 3 -4 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained & chopped finely
- 200 g log goat's cheese
- Pre-heat the oven to 120C/240F/Gas 1.
- Cut the peppers in half, discard the core & seeds and also trim away the white membrane too.
- Grease a Le Creuset roasting or ovenproof dish.
- Cut the onion & fennel bulb into 6 wedges each. (Keep the the delicate green fronds from the fennel bulb & put to one side.).
- Put the onion wedges, fennel wedges & cushed garlic into a mixing bowl & add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & black pepper - mix well.
- Divide the onion & fennel wedges between the 6 pepper halves, arranging them neatly within the peppers & season well.Pour the remaining oil & vinegar dressing over the top of them.
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the peppers are soft & just tinged brown.
- Remove the stuffed peppers from the oven & increase the oven temperature to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
- Sprinkle the chopped sun-dried tomatoes over the top of the peppers.
- Slice the goats cheese & arrange over the top of the stuffed peppers; return them the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted & bubbling.
- Remove from the oven, leave to cool slightly and serve them warm or at room temperature with the cooked dressing drizzled over the top of them.
- Garnish with the green fronds kept from the fennel bulbs.
- Serve as a starter, 1 pepper half per person with a side salad or as a main course - 2 pepper halves per person with bread & salad.
- These can also be served as a very colourful & elegant vegetable accompaniment!