Citrus Herb Peppers, Olives and Cheese

Chilled do-ahead appetizers take the heat and hassle out of entertaining. Even better--they're scrumptious!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 50 min
  • Servings 10

6
large red or green bell peppers
1
cup whole Greek or pitted ripe olives
4
ounces mozzarella or provolone cheese, cut into cubes
1/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
1/4
cup lemon juice
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1
teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/8 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon pepper
2
large cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 Set oven control to broil. Broil bell peppers with tops about 5 inches from heat, turning occasionally, until skin is blistered and evenly browned. Place peppers in plastic bag and close tightly. Let stand 20 minutes.
  • 2 Remove skin, stems, seeds and membranes from peppers. Cut peppers into 1/4-inch strips. In glass bowl or jar, mix peppers, olives and cheese.
  • 3 In tightly covered container, shake all remaining ingredients; pour over pepper mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Expert Tips

Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Serve in a glass pedestal bowl, and garnish with swirls of lemon peel and sprigs of a fresh herb.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
280mg
280%;
Total Carbohydrate
8g
8%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
74%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.