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Goat Cheese for the very beginning

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted bread crumbs
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz goat cheese logs cut into 6 rounds
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 cup walnut, almond, or olive oil
  • 2 cups radicchio, escarole, or arugula
  • 6 oil packed sundried tomatoes cut lengthwise into strips
  • 12-18 croutons made from a baguette

Instructions

  • Combine the almonds and crumbs on a plate. Pour the olive oil onto a second plate. One at a time dip the goat cheese rounds into the olive oil and then into the crumb mixture, coating them evenly, and place them on a baking sheet. If you do not plan to serve them immediately, cover and refrigerate.
  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper in a small bowl until the salt is dissolved. Gradually whisk in the walnut oil and continue to whisk until fully emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • When you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and spin dry the greens and tear them into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, toss the greens with just enough of the vinaigrette to coat them. To serve, put the cheese in the oven for 3-4 minutes, until warm and slightly soft to the touch (be sure not to melt the cheese). Put a mound of greens on each plate, and top each with a round of goat cheese. Arrange several strips of the sundried tomato on the cheese. Accompany each serving with 3-4 croutons.

Notes

By Chef Cindy Pawlcyn