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Red Bell Pepper and Cheddar Spread

1/2 sm. Onion, Quartered
3 lg. Cloves Garlic, Peeled
2 tsp. Olive Oil
2 Red Bell Peppers
1 1/2 c. sharp cheddar, grated and packed To measure
Dash Cayenne Pepper
2 TBS Chives, Fresh, Chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place onion and garlic in small baking dish. Drizzle with oil. Bake until soft, stirring occasionally, about 50 minutes. Cool. Meanwhile, char peppers over gas flame or under broiler until blackened on all sides. Cool 10 minutes. Peel and seed peppers; pat dry. Place all ingredients except chives in processor. Puree until almost smooth. Transfer to bowl. Stir in chives. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.)

Yield: about 1-1/2 cups