Monday, September 18, 2006

Crushin' on Alton - Roasted Veggie Spread

I love Alton Brown. I know - shocking. Everyone on the 'net loves Alton. It's the geek thing. He's a geek, and he's not afraid to admit it. Plus, he's fun. He's definite a celeb crush for me.

I finally got around to trying one of his recipes, and if they are all as good as this one, I can't wait to try them all. This recipe is simple, fun, and looks exactly like the veggie cream cheese that my mom buys for bagels when I come to visit. The advantage is, this recipe tastes better. Plus, I was able to use yogurt cheese, instead of the cream cheese that the original calls for. Using yogurt cheese cut the calories significantly, which I love. I ate this spread on a rosemary tortilla from La Tortilla Factory (first time for that as well). It's definitely better than the turkey wrap I usually get at work, especially the tortilla, which is made with no hydrogenated fats (yay!) AND uses olive oil for the fat that is there (double yay!)

I definitely will repeat this; I might even cut the olive oil to 2 tsps. Definitely want to try it on bagels, or in whole wheat pitas. And, of course, trying it as a dip.

The original:
Roasted Vegetable Spread (yum)

And the nutrition info for it using yogurt cheese:

* Exported from MasterCook *

Roasted Vegetable Spread

Recipe By :Alton Brown
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Dips/Spreads

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 red bell pepper -- sliced into rings
1 medium onion -- sliced into rings
4 garlic cloves -- crushed
1 small zucchini -- sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces yogurt cheese
Kosher salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the bell pepper, onion, garlic, zucchini, and olive oil in a medium mixing bowl and toss until the vegetables are coated. Spread the vegetables evenly on sheet pan lined with foil and place into the oven. Roast, tossing occasionally, until they are soft and are beginning to turn brown around the edges, approximately 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Place the vegetables in the bowl of a food processor along with the cream cheese and process until well combined and spreadable; do not process until completely smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Spread on soft bread, such as challah, foccacia, or pita bread. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

This recipe yields 1 3/4 cups spread.

"GOOD EATS with Alton Brown - (Show # EA-1H11) - from the TV FOOD NETWORK"
S(Formatted for MC8):
"02-04-2005 by Joe Comiskey - Mad's Recipe Emporium"
"1 3/4 cups"
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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 123 Calories; 4g Fat (27.5% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 15g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 4mg Cholesterol; 89mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Non-Fat Milk; 1/2 Fat.

Nutr. Assoc. : 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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