Archive | August, 2013

Cheese, please

I finally found one of my FAVORITE things. I have been searching high and low all summer unsuccessfully, until yesterday.

Burrata!!!! You guessed it didn’t you?

Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream and I adore it. Bowen wasn’t as thrilled and still wanted a goat cheese salad we had planned earlier-which I enjoyed too! I hear some of the best recipes are born out of simple kitchen mistakes, like this one. I thought I had panko bread crumbs, I knew I had goat cheese, craisins and all the ingredients for my favorite vinaigrette.

Just as I cracked my eggs for my dipping station I couldn’t find any panko or any breadcrumbs. Luckily we had some ritz crackers which I now prefer for breading. I like the richness of the buttery crackers with the tangy goat cheese, they also hold up nicely for a quick pan fry.

Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

1 bunch of spinach
1/4 c. craisins
1/4 c. sliced almonds or walnuts (omitted for Bo)
1/2 log goat cheese

for the vinaigrette:

(the same ratio always 3:1– oil to an acid)
2 teaspoons grain mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tsp minced chives
1 tsp minced tarragon (FRESH)
kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste

Combine grain mustard, vinegar, garlic, honey slowly whisk in oil until emulsified, fold in herbs, season with salt and pepper.

for the breading:
1 egg and 2 T milk or water, whisked in bowl
1 c. crushed ritz crackers
Dip goat cheese round into egg wash then crushed crackers, then back in egg wash and back in crackers. Repeat until you run out of goat cheese and pop in freezer until ready to fry. Coat saute pan with 1/4 olive oil, heat until you see a ripple in the oil, add rounds until golden, flip and remove. Serve immediately on lightly dressed salad.

We also had grilled, bacon-wrapped shrimp but ate too fast to photograph! I peeled and de-veined shrimp, marinated them in brown sugar, chili pasta, soy and olive oil then wrapped in Wright’s bacon. Bo did the grilled and we devoured.

Then enjoyed some B&J ice cream, as usual.