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What was intended as a a one-time presentation in 2007, was anything but. Hosts, Alex Coleman and Marybeth Conley, along with Live At 9 viewers, were captivated by Elle's warm smile.

A couple of months passed and she was invited back. The producer extended another invitation and another and another. Unbeknown to Elle, viewers flooded the station with comments. According to Jennifer Cates, Executive Producer, "We get so many calls and emails when she's on. I can't tell you how much time I spend trying to respond to each person and it only increases as more people try the recipes."

Elle's simple approach made her a fan favorite. As a result, she has become the only on-air guest to have recurring presence. So if you're not already a fan, hopefully, this recipe will change your mind.


Chef Elle's Roasted Red Pepper Dip 

Chef Elle was in one of her moods--nothing bad, but creative. She whipped up two dips to share at a recent "game night." And right now, we're sharing one with YOU...the other will come later! -Hillary.

...to good food

Chef Elle's Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Ingredients
 
3 red bell peppers
3 T grapeseed oil
*6 roasted garlic cloves
12 oz. crème fraîche
sea salt to taste 
 

Tools 

knife, baking dish, food processor, spoon, tongs, aluminum foil  

Old School Translations

T = tablespoon; t = teaspoon; c = cup

Procedure

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Wash and dry bell peppers and place in a medium size baking dish. Drizzle with grapeseed oil and sprinkle each with a pinch of sea salt. Cover with foil and allow to cook for about 45 minutes or until skin is charred.

Using tongs, carefully remove from baking dish and place in a plastic bag for approximately 15 minutes.

Cut peppers in half. Remove the skin and seeds.

Place bell peppers, garlic cloves and crème fraîche in food processor. Pulsate until smooth. Transfer dip to a container and season with sea salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to firm. (yields 16 oz.) To accommodate a larger crowd, simply double or triple ingredients.

Easy Solutions: *For roasted garlic instructions, Chef Elle gives details in the Elite Eight Dip video. Chef Elle's Roasted Bell Pepper Dip can be easily used as a sandwich spread. Try it on burgers and deli sandwiches. Another alternative is to use it instead of mayo in chicken salad. Do not discard oil from bell peppers as it makes a delicious vinaigrette. And for homemade corn chips, reference Chef Elle's It's Corny Dip recipe.

As always, the ingredients are fresh. And for quality assurance and optimal results, Chef Elle suggests following the recipes as written and using products mentioned. 

Live At 9 cooking segment is sponsored by Double Door Marketing and Whole Foods Market.

© 2014 Elle Green  All Rights Reserved. Chef Elle appears courtesy of Simple Conceptions. Recipes developed and tested by Elle Green. Credits: Food Styling and Photography: Hillary Maloney; Copywriting: Hillary Rosenberg; Home Cook Recipe Testers: Jolena Campbell, Alice Maloney, Hillary Maloney and Jack and John

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