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Adapted from “The Gardener and the Grill” by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig.
These open-faced, boat-shaped sandwiches-with a grilled bell pepper as “bread” are a fresh, low-carb take on the concept.

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Serves 4

Herbed Cream Cheese:

  • 8 ounces cream or vegan cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
  • 2 large yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley, chives, or lemon balm

1. Prepare a medium-hot fire in your grill.
2. Place a well oiled perforated grill rack over direct heat.
3. Brush the skin side of each pepper with olive oil. Dollop a spoonful of Herbed Cream Cheese in each pepper boat. Transfer the boats to the perforated grill grate, cover, and grill until the bottoms are scorched and the cheese has melted, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve hot with a knife and fork.