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Savoring the Southwest: Brie, Bacon and Sweet Pepper Canape's

The tastes and textures of the great American Southwest come alive with Brie, Bacon and Sweet Pepper Canape's
The tastes and textures of the great American Southwest come alive with Brie, Bacon and Sweet Pepper Canape's
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

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As summer slowly ebbs and autumn begins its annual trek into our lives, it's time to start thinking of those vibrant colors the new season blesses us with. It is also time to start thinking about autumn parties and good appetizers. Out here in the great American Southwest, gatherings with friends and family are one of our favorite past-times and sharing food featuring the tastes and textures of our region is one of our joys.

Canape's are a perfect appetizer. They also make for a perfect brunch when served with a chilled wine or homemade Sangria. Canape's are very simple to make and take very little time. Many times you can even make them ahead of time and then just before serving, pop them into the oven.

These particular canape's are one of my personal favorites. They have a perfect marriage of taste and the textures perfectly envelope your tongue. You can use any style of bread you like (even cornbread). Here at Casa de Cuisine, we prefer to use sourdough bread. To cut the bread you can waste money on fancy canape cutter or do what I do, simply use a large round cookie-cutter.

Another great thing about Brie, Bacon and Sweet Pepper Canape's is the fact there are no real amounts to this recipe. Add as much of an ingredient as you like, If you love Brie cheese as much as I do, then lay a thick layer on the bread. Make them to fit your mood or the ambiance of your party.

Ingredients needed to make Brie, Bacon and Sweet Pepper Canape's:

  • Sourdough bread (or bread of your choice)
  • Olive oil
  • Brie cheese
  • Sweet peppers, cut into julienne slices
  • Peppered bacon, each slice halved and cooked

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Using a cookie-cutter, cut rounds from the slices of bread. You don't want to have any of the crust.
  3. Brush each round of bread with olive oil and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place into the oven and bake 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and liberally spread with some Brie cheese.
  6. Place some of the peppers atop and the Brie cheese.
  7. Top the canape with some peppered bacon.
  8. Drizzle the canape's with a little olive oil.
  9. Place back into the oven and bake 5 minutes before serving.

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