Sunday, June 15, 2008

What's Cookin'? Mesculn Salad w/ Warm Goat Cheese & Cherries

This salad may have a few ingredients that you aren't used to having mixed with greens, but I assure you the flavor combinations are well balanced & compliment each other nicely. (Especially the slightly warm goat cheese with the tart cherries!)

2 T. Olive oil
2 T. Finely chopped shallot
2 T. Chopped fresh tarragon
1 T. Fresh lemon juice
3/4 t. Finely grated lemon peel
3/4 C. Sliced almonds (about 3 ounces)
1 Large Egg
1 T. Water
1 11 oz log Soft goat cheese, cut into 6 rounds
6 S. Mixed baby greens or baby spinach
1 C. Halved pitted fresh Bing cherries or other dark sweet cherries (about 7 ounces whole unpitted cherries)
1/2 C. Strips fresh fennel bulb

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Season dressing generously with salt and pepper.
3. Spread almonds on plate. Whisk egg and 1 tablespoon water in small bowl; sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Turn goat cheese rounds in egg mixture, then coat with sliced almonds, covering all sides. Place on rimmed baking sheet.

DO AHEAD: Dressing and goat cheese rounds can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover separately and chill. Bring dressing to room temperature and whisk before using.

4. Bake goat cheese rounds until cheese is warm but not melted, about 10 minutes.
5. Combine greens, cherries, and fennel in large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Divide salad among 6 plates. Place 1 cheese round on each plate and serve.

Recipe & photo from Epicurious.

8 comments:

Mo said...

I'm not crazy about fennel bulb, but cherries on a salad are good.
Even better: dried cherries on a salad!
Yes, dried cherries - look in your produce dept next to golden raisins and dates/figs. Of course, the ones from Michigan are the best!

Excellent in chicken salad, by the way! Also good on oatmeal or instead of dried cranberries in scones!

Rocketstar said...

Sounds and looks good.

Mags said...

Mo-I am familiar with dried cherries and I love them too! They're great. In this salad, I think fresh ones would be better, just b/c of the juiciness of them with the cream and crunchy textures, but dried would work too. :) Oh, and I hate raisins so I've put them in cookies too, and energy bars too-yum!!

ROcket: Thanks!

Clancy in Idaho said...

YUM! That looks SOOOO good! Did you have a good weekend away with your cutie-pie?

Lois Grebowski said...

OMG, I need to dry off the drool on my laptop keyboard... YUM!

Brian in Mpls said...

Is this the kind of stuff that will give me visions?

mauniejames3 said...

sounds so wonderful...does the egg get cooked? I'm so weird about uncooked egg...but it does sound delish...

Thomas said...

My mom said that while raising me on Greece, all they had was goat milk, so that's what she gave me. I'm lactose to this day. Wonder if there's a connection?