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Fast & Easy Dinner: Crisp Goat-Cheese Salad

Fast & Easy Dinner: Crisp Goat-Cheese Salad

If you've never had a salad with oozy, melty fried goat cheese, you have not lived. Seriously delicious, the warmed goat cheese with crispy outside shell pairs eloquently with boiled potatoes and fresh, peppery greens. Light and luscious, this makes a perfect summer dinner and is elegant enough to entertain with. Serve to your vegetarian friends with a glass of rose or chilled bubbly. For the recipe, all you have to do is

Crisp Goat-Cheese Salad
From Everyday Food magazine

1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
3 large red potatoes, about 1 pound
1 large egg
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
1 twelve-ounce log fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grainy or Dijon mustard
8 ounces mesclun or mixed salad greens

  1. Heat the broiler. Brush a baking sheet with oil; set aside.
  2. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Simmer until fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Rinse potatoes under cold water until cool enough to handle, and cut into 1-inch chunks.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  4. Place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.
  5. Slice goat cheese into 8 rounds, and pat each into a disc about 1/2 inch thick. Dip disks in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs, coating evenly. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Slowly add 1/4 cup oil, whisking to emulsify. Set aside.
  7. Brush disks lightly with remaining 1/4 cup oil, and broil until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes.
  8. Toss mesclun and potatoes in the dressing.
  9. Spoon salads onto plates, and top each with two cheese disks.

Serves 4.

kins kins 10 years
i love this salad so much. they have a great one at chez panisse in berkeley
SweetE SweetE 10 years
I had this in Northern France as an appetizer...the rest of the meal was good too, but the fried goat cheese stole the show.
Mel475 Mel475 10 years
Looks so yummy...I am definitely going to make this!!!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
Cheese me up tonight!
nikkih nikkih 10 years
Looks delicious!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I'd never thought to fry it either, but this looks amazing!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I must try some goat cheese
workofiction workofiction 10 years
Side note: another wonderfully friend cheese is Halloumi! You don't even need oil, just throw it in the pan with some garlic or spices of choice and it ROCKS!
workofiction workofiction 10 years
You seriously have no idea how much I have been craving this dish since I say it on Hell's Kitchen! I'm headed to the store after work tomorrow to get the ingredients!
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
Sounds so yummy! I'll have to give it a try. :)
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
wow, why have I never thought to fry goat cheese before? mmmmm....
rubialala rubialala 10 years
This looks delicious!!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
i love anything with melty cheese!
ladydaytrippin ladydaytrippin 10 years
I had a simply delicious goat cheese and pear salad the other day. So I bought some (goat cheese) and had no idea how to prepare it. Now I do! Thanks!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
In that case...I know what I'm having for dinner tonite!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
kiddylnd: Panko would totally work wonderfully in this salad!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
Sounds good. Would Panko work instead of breadcrumbs?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Ive been thinking about this sever since Bonnie made it on Hells Kitchen!
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