Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

This is my first official posting for #SundaySupper and I’m super nervous and excited to be here.

Considering the fact that I’m a wet-behind-the-ears newbie with the #SundaySupper crowd, I’m a bit worried that I’ll mess up on some of the important links and mentions that I need to include in my post.

That said, I’ll plow ahead and do my best!

I would like however to give a giant shout-out to a wonderfully patient #SundaySupper mentor I’ve had helping me with all my seemingly silly questions. Thank you SO MUCH to Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez of Girlichef. Your patience and kindness were/are an important ingredient to this, my first #SundaySupper post Heather. You ARE my elf in the background… quietly whispering in my ear. LOL

This particular #SundaySupper event (hosted by Tammi of Mama’s Meals) was “celebrity chef” week. Everyone got the opportunity to make a dish from there own particular favorite chef personality.  The dish I chose was one I adapted from Giada De Laurentiis’ cookbook “Giada’s Family Dinners”. It’s a wonderful zippy appetizer that would be a welcome addition to any holiday gathering!!!

Garlic Toasts with Red Pepper Aioli Recipe

This recipe is quick and easy to whip together and what makes it perfect for a holiday party (other than the zippy taste and crunch) is that you can make the aioli a few days in advance and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Perfect for the harried hostess!

Here is my adaptation of Giada’s recipe. I hope you’ll try it…


Red Pepper Aioli:
4-5 small cloves garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 – 12 ounce jar of roasted red peppers, dried with paper towels
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 baguette (store bought or homemade) sliced diagonally
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1 large clove of garlic, peeled
2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley for garnish

-To make the aioli place the garlic cloves in a microwave safe dish with the olive oil and microwave on low power until the garlic is soft and pliable (watch it carefully as this will not take long).
-In a food processor, add the cooked garlic, dried peppers, mayonnaise, smoked paprika and the sugar.
-Pulse just until the mixture comes together and is creamy, but not overly processed.
-Place in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve with the garlic toasts.
-To make the toasts, brush each slice with a little olive oil.
-Sprinkle each slice with a little salt and pepper.
-Bake in a preheated  425 degree oven until golden brown (approximately 5-7 minutes)
-Remove from the oven and as soon as they’re cool enough to handle, rub a cut garlic clove over each slice of toast. Mmmmm.
-To serve, spread the red pepper aioli onto the garlic toasts and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley.

Well, there you have it, my first recipe submission for #SundaySupper and it couldn’t have come at a better time than the for all your holiday entertaining!

For more fabulous celebrity chef inspired recipes, check out all the other wonderful lip smackin’ good recipes and blogs listed below.

Until we eat again,

Starters or Snacks :
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog – Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. – Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings – Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie – Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee – Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Claire at The Realistic Nutritionist – Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends – Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen – Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Katy over at Happy Baking Days – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal – Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands – Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene – Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes – Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummilicious – Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac & Cheese
Alice at  Hip Foodie Mom – Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina – The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips – Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Isabel at Family Foodie – Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet – Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine – Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Chris from Sustainable Dad – Pork Tenderloin with Jerusalem Artichokes and Negroni Vinaigrette
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box – Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom – Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork

Amazing Sides:
Elizabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle – Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice
Megan from I Run For Wine – Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip –  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie – Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles – Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Sweet Endings:
Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic – Chocolate Cream Puffs with Hazelnut Filling
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Connie at The Foodie Army Wife – Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes – Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Amber at Mama’s Blissful Bites – Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen – Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM – Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You

Lyn from The Lovely Pantry – Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts

Wine Pairings: 
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Please join on us via Twitter for #SundaySupper on December 2, 2012,
throughout the day. In the evening, we will meet at 7 PM EST for our
weekly #SundaySupper live chatAll you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.

I hope you’ll come back soon. You’re always welcome in my Kudos Kitchen!!!


  1. Welcome to the family! Your toasts looks delicious! We like Giada here too!

  2. I just love Giada! This looks too delicious. I think I have some roasted red pepper in the freezer. I need to have this… maybe today 🙂

  3. I am sure you figured it all out perfectly! These look lovely.

  4. So festive looking! Love the cardinals! I love roasted red pepper anything! 🙂

  5. Renee, that was so sweet, thank you! You are very welcome, but really…you did all the hard work. And hey, once you've done it for the first time…it's cake! Great job. And let me just tell you, these toasts would make me extremely happy. I love everything about them. As a matter of fact, I'd probably have a hard time sharing. Beautiful! 🙂

  6. Oh YUM! This would definitely be a great appetizer to serve up at a get together…I want some of this!!!

  7. Great job Renee! I really like Giada's recipes and this one is no exception. I refer to her cookbooks at least once a week for quick weeknight dinners. Thanks for sharing!

  8. My kind of appetizer! It would go wonderfully with a glass of wine and perhaps a side of cheese.

  9. Welcome to #SundaySupper. What a lovely looking appetizer. Giada is one of our favorites and we call her my husband's girlfriend. He has a crush!! Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper.

  10. Looks wonderful! So flavorful, and great for a party. Welcome to #SundaySupper!

  11. So glad to have you join #SundaySupper! And don't be nervous – we don't bite 🙂 You won't find a nicer bunch of foodies anywhere. Your garlic toasts look like a perfect appetizer. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi Renee!!! Welcome aboard, #SundaySupper is one of the things I love the most about the blogging world. I love knowing I share a passion with so many others! You've done a fantastic job, it gets easier and you'll be a pro in no time! I love Giada too, she's one of my favorites because, well she just makes everything look so easy, you can really see her passion when she cooks for her family. What a fabulous appetizer for any party! Love how you can make it ahead of time!! Welcome!!

  13. Hi Renee–welcome to the group! These toasts look really yummy–I may have to make these for our holiday party next weekend! I love springing new recipes on guests 🙂

  14. Welcome! Love these little toasts, and I bet the aioli would have so many uses. I think these would be tasty with my Giada-inspired #SundaySupper.

  15. Simple & yummy ! Love this 🙂 !

  16. Oh my. I don't normally like mayonnaise but this looks so good I just have to try it. Welcome to Sunday Supper!

  17. Anything shmeared on bread has my name all over it! YUM!

  18. Bread and aioli, it could be my downfall! And since I never tried a flavored aioli I´m surely pinning this one. Welcome to the group!

  19. Renee, mmmmm your garlic toast looks amazing! I LOVE Giada. . can't wait to try this!! And welcome to the Sunday Supper family! you will love it! Great post!

  20. I think you did a great job Renee! & that aioli sounds amazing!! Welcome to the #SundaySupper group!! 🙂

  21. Yummy! Love this recipe. I can see myself with a glass of bubbly noshing on these tasty treats!

  22. Roasted red pepper is one of my favorite indredients of all time. I love Giada's recipes. Once I saw a stuffed crab shells that she made and I had to go make it right away. They were divine. Welcome to #SundaySupper Renee. We are so happy to have you. You did great for your first event!

  23. Welcome to the #SundaySupper family!! I love this recipe. I am always looking for a tasty quick appetizer and I love Giada too!! Happy Holidays 🙂

  24. These look great! It is funny, as a kid I hated all things pepper. Now I love them more and more!

  25. I am so honored that you joined us Around the Family Table for #SundaySupper Renee! Beautiful recipe!!!!!

  26. This is really a lovely appetizer Renee and you are right, perfect timing with the holiday party season coming up. I see a little elf in the background there…did you paint it?

  27. Hi Renee! Welcome to the #SundaySupper family! What a great first dish. I cannot wait to try this 🙂

  28. Welcome to #SundaySupper, Renee! You're in great company! The red pepper aioli looks delicious!!!

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