Sunday, September 11, 2011

Alice Waters' Baked Goat Cheese with Salad

Goat cheese is already major wow factor.
But baked goat cheese marinated in olive oil and thyme and rolled in bread crumbs and more thyme? OMFG WOW. I want to eat it all day every day. Cheeeeeeeeese in my mouth now.
On top of the magicalness that is the goat cheese, add perfectly ripe huge chunks of HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, refreshing cucumber, and red leaf lettuce to the meal AND hunks of super buttery, garlicky toasted baguette and you might just get the best meal ever.

Okay, now my stomach is growling and there's drool running down my chin. Damn it, I hate it when that happens.

Alice Waters' Baked Goat Cheese with Salad (Epic!)

4 rounds of fresh goat cheese, each about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch thick
3/4 cup virgin olive oil, plus oil for greasing the baking dish
4 sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried, plus 1 additional teaspoon dried thyme for blending with bread crumbs
1 cup fine, fresh bread crumbs
1 quart lettuce leaves cut into bitesize pieces (use such greens as arugula, red leaf lettuce and so on)

This is the official recipe, however I didn't use these measurements. I just eyeballed everything to my liking. I of course used Janet's salad dressing recipe, which went perfectly with the cheese.

1.Place the rounds of goat cheese in a flat dish and add onequarter cup of the oil. Add the thyme sprigs or sprinkle with one teaspoon dried thyme. Let stand eight hours or longer.
2.Blend the remaining teaspoon dried thyme with the bread crumbs and set aside.
3.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4.Remove the cheese rounds and coat them all over with the breadcrumb-and-thyme mixture. Put them in an oiled baking dish and place in the oven. Bake six to 10 minutes or until cheese is lightly bubbling and golden.
5.Serve the cheese on warm plates surrounded by garlic toast slices. Serve with the salad.

SO MUCH YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, no picture. Devoured it too quickly.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grilled Steak & Gorgonzola Salad

We've been having some amazingly unusual warm weather here in Seattle for weeks now. Whenever it's hot in the evening time I find it hard to sit over the stove and cook, or have the oven running for too long. In my tiny kitchen the temperature rises and heats up in an instant. So, this type of weather is simply perfect for fresh, crisp salads (especially since tomatoes are in season right now)! I really can't get enough of them! The beautiful reds, oranges, yellows, and purples of the heirloom tomatoes - so sweet and so juicy. Salads are just the perfect way to gobble up endless tomatoes.
So far this week Eric and I have made a grilled steak and gorgonzola salad with farmers market cucumber and heirloom tomatoes. Eric grilled up the marinated steak on our little Coleman camping grill and he cooked it to perfection! I didn't use a recipe for this salad, just threw in what I thought would be a good combination of flavors. Definitely will be making this again and again!

Grilled Steak & Gorgonzola Salad

grilled skirt steak, sliced
cucumber, chopped
heirloom tomatoes, chopped into big hunks
red onion, thinly sliced
gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

(courtesy of Eric's stepmom, Janet)
2 parts olive oil
1 part balsamic vinegar
mustard (dijon works well, I used sweet & hot)
anchovy paste

Tonight I'm making an Alice Water's Goat Cheese Salad recipe that Janet recommended to me! I can't wait!
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