This has been one of the strangest food weeks that I have had in a long time...
It started off with fried alligator, raw oysters and New York strip steaks in Louisiana (among other things) and moved on to fried...everything and Greek food in South Carolina.
Nothing made sense and everything made sense.
I am pretty darn sure that if someone told me a year or two ago that I would be chowing down on 'gator tail and slurping raw oysters off the shell like it was my J.O.B. (and talking co-workers into trying it too), I would have looked them straight in the eye and asked them if they were off their rocker.
Of course, I probably would have had the same reaction if that same someone told me that I would be eating foie gras and cooking up chicken livers.
I am definitely a more adventurous eater than I used to be.
Please don't pat me on the back too quickly, though - shredded coconut and raisins are still on my "steer clear" list and I will never, ever enjoy the taste of chicken livers. I'll gladly cook them up for anyone that wants them - just keep them the heck off my plate... Apparently, however, reptiles are a green light.
Fortunately, this week's French Friday journey took us down the road less daring...
Roasted peppers are one of those things that so many of us would stop and buy at that store without a second thought, but they really couldn't be easier to make at home. All you need is some peppers, a hot oven and a little oil and herbs to marinate them in. It's pretty much a non-recipe recipe (although, Dorie nicely writes up the process for making them here).
These peppers fit in perfectly as part of an antipast platter (hiding upper right), along with some baby tomatoes, cubed ham and salami, pepperjack and provolone cheese, artichoke hearts, olives and some pepperoncini to even it all out. The platter was served along side a big, ol' bowl of romaine lettuce (not shown) and some zesty oil and vinegar dressing.
Yup, after chowing down on alligator tail, roasted peppers were a no-brainer...
I am so looking forward to my protein shake for breakfast on Saturday morning.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.