Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and onions and sauté just until the onions become translucent. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Transfer the onion-garlic mixture to a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula to thoroughly blend. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.
Fill roasted red pepper cups with goat cheese mixture and bake in a 350 ºF preheated oven for 10 minutes. Now, place the garlic crouton rounds in the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the pepper cups to the center of a serving platter and arrange the baked croutons in a circle around the pepper cups. Serve with a fresh tomato salsa on the side.
Note: When eating this dish, we recommend cutting the pepper cups into wedges for the full experience of eating the filling with the red pepper.
Roasted Red Pepper Cups
* 1 Medium sized red bell pepper
* 1 Tbsp Olive oil as needed Salt & pepper
Cut red pepper in half to form a top and bottom. Remove and discard the seeds and trim the stem to allow the top half pepper cup to stand up. Rub the inside of the pepper cups with olive oil and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Place them in a pie plate, cut side up, and bake them for 5 minutes in a 350 ºF, preheated oven. During this roasting step you will be just slightly softening the pepper. The final cooking will take place after the pepper cups are stuffed. Allow the cups to cool upside down to allow the excess juice to drain out prior to filling with the goat cheese mixture.
Garlic Crouton Rounds
* ½ loaf Cuban bread or French baguette, cut crosswise into ¼" slices
* 4 Tbsp Butter, softened to room temperature
* 1 clove Fresh garlic, minced
* 1 Tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
Cut the bread crosswise into 16 ¼" thick slices. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, blend the garlic, chopped parsley and softened butter until thoroughly mix. Spread the top and bottom of each slice of bread with about ½ tsp of garlic butter on each side. Place the buttered croutons on a cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes in a 350 ºF, preheated oven at time of service.