The croutons in this vegetable side dish are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Make extra to toss over roasted vegetables, salads, or a favorite casserole.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Halve peppers lengthwise; remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Place pepper halves, cut side down, on a large foil-lined baking sheet. Roast peppers for 20 to 25 minutes or until skins are blistered and dark. (Or broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 10 to 15 minutes.) Carefully bring foil up around pepper halves to enclose. Let stand about 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Using a sharp knife, loosen the edges of the skins from the pepper halves; gently and slowly pull off the skin in strips. Discard skin. Cut peppers in 1/2-inch-wide strips; transfer to a serving dish.

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  • Meanwhile, for croutons, in a large skillet heat anchovy and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat until garlic just starts to brown. Add bread cubes to skillet. Cook about 8 minutes, until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle croutons on peppers. Top with cheese. Sprinkle with parsley and salt. Makes 8 servings.


To substitute bacon for the anchovy, in a large skillet cook 2 slices bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to drippings; cook garlic and croutons as above. Assemble as above, sprinkling crumbled bacon on top.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; 8 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 169 mg sodium. 231 mg potassium; 13 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 2 g protein; 3013 IU vitamin a; 172 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 44 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 20 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;