Red Pepper Mousse
- Ready In:
- 1hr 20mins
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch strips (about 1-3/4 lbs.)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1⁄2 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- fresh basil (to garnish)
- Melt butter in skillet over low heat. Add bell peppers and garlic; cook covered until tender, about 10 minutes. Process with basil in food processor until smooth.
- Sprinkle gelatin over the water in small saucepan; let soften 5 minutes. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until completely dissolved.
- Combine bell pepper puree, gelatin, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in large bowl; let cool to room temperature. Whip cream until stiff. Gently fold into bell pepper mixture.
- Spoon into lightly oiled 4-cup mold. Cover with plastic wrap; chill until firm, 4 hours or overnight.
- Uncover mousse; invert onto serving platter. Gently lift off mold. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve cold with crackers.
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From "A Crowd Pleaser", Good Food Magazine, December 1986. Served cold with some savory crackers, this is an elegant addition to your cocktail party buffet table. Preparation time does not include chilling time. This can be made ahead and chilled overnight, which leaves you time on the day of the party to prepare your hot hors d'oeuvres.
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I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!