Baguette Filled With Pesto, Peppers, Cheese And Prosciutto


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place peppers on foil covered baking sheet and bake for 17 minutes. Turn 180 degrees and bake additional 17 minutes. Remove from pan, cover tightly and allow to cool completely. Remove peel, seed and cut peppers into wide strips. If you prefer, roast peppers over open flame until blackened and follow procedure for cooling and peeling.

Cut prosciutto into long slivers. Over medium-high heat in dry skillet, saute prosciutto until golden brown and "frizzled". Set aside.

Halve French bread lengthwise. Hollow out the bread, leaving a shell approximately 1 inch thick. Brush the insides with pesto (thinned down with a little olive oil, if necessary). Layer prosciutto, cheese and pepper slices into hollowed-out bread. Cover with top of loaf and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least two hours and bring to room temperature before serving. Cut loaves into 1 1/2 inch slices. (Can be made one day ahead). 8 servings.