Friday, March 29, 2013

Herbed Goat Cheese Salad

Pasadena certainly does not have a shortage of amazing restaurants.  And this lady loves a good restaurant.  One of my favorites is AKA Bistro located in "Old town".  Andy and I took advantage of the sitter earlier this week and shared a bottle of Prosecco peaceful and relaxing lunch on their patio.  I ordered the Herbed Goat Cheese Salad and loved it so much that I re-created it for dinner last night.  YUM!


While on my weekly grocery shopping excursion to Trader Joe's I found a very reasonably priced trio of herbed goat cheeses.  Ding! Ding!  We have a winner.  For this salad, I used the Garlic and Herbs cheese.  Perfect.  


I dipped each slice of goat cheese in egg wash and then dredged them in a plain bread crumbs and freshly grated parmesan mixture.  Next, I fried them up in some olive oil on medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.  Ideally, you want the cheese to be melted through just enough so that its uber creamy and melts in your mouth.  Epic!  But not too hot making the cheese ooze out into the frying pan.  Fail!  You pickin' up what I'm layin' down?



What you'll need....

3 oz goat cheese
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
egg wash (i use eggbeaters and water)
3 cups  mixed greens
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 avocado, diced
1/2 apple, sliced into matchsticks
1/4 dried cranberries
1/4 candied walnuts
1 - 2 tablespoons of dressing

1) Add egg and water in a bowl to create an egg wash.  Add bread crumbs and parmesan in separate bowl.  Cut goat cheese log in half and dip into the egg wash.  Then dredge the cheese in the bread crumb parmesan mixture so that its coated on all sides.
2) In small frying pan, saute the goat cheese in olive oil on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.  Set aside on baking rack.
3) Meanwhile in salad bowl, add mixed greens, apples, tomatoes, cranberries and walnuts.  Toss with dressing.
4) Add avocado and goat cheese on top of salad and ENJOY!

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