Serves 6

Food Pairing: 2010 Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc

Recipe Courtesy of Robert Mondavi Wines

Ingredients

Herbed Baked Goat Cheese

3 ounces Melba toasts , white (about 2 cups)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

12 ounces goat cheese , firm extra-virgin olive oil

Vinaigrette and Salad

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced shallot

1/4 teaspoon table salt

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh chives Ground black pepper

14 cups hearty greens (mixed), washed and dried

 

Directions

  1. For Goat Cheese: In food processor, process Melba toasts to fine even crumbs, about 1 1/2 minutes; transfer crumbs to medium bowl and stir in pepper. Whisk eggs and mustard in medium bowl until combined. Combine thyme and chives in small bowl.
  2. Using kitchen twine or dental floss, divide cheese into 12 evenly sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball; roll each ball in herbs to coat lightly. Transfer 6 pieces to egg mixture, turn each piece to coat; transfer to Melba crumbs and turn each piece to coat, pressing crumbs into cheese. Flatten each ball into disk about 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick and set on baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining 6 pieces cheese. Freeze cheese until firm, about 30 minutes. (Cheese may be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and frozen up to 1 week.) Adjust oven rack to uppermost position; heat to 475 degrees.
  3. Remove cheese from freezer and brush tops and sides evenly with olive oil. Bake until crumbs are golden brown and cheese is slightly soft, 7 to 9 minutes (or 9 to 12 minutes if cheese is completely frozen). Using thin metal spatula, transfer cheese to paper towel-lined plate and cool 3 minutes.
  4. For Salad: While goat cheese is baking, combine vinegar, mustard, shallot, and salt in small bowl. Whisking constantly, drizzle in olive oil; season to taste with pepper.
  5. Place greens in large bowl, drizzle vinaigrette over, and toss to coat. Divide greens among individual plates; place 2 rounds goat cheese on each salad. Serve immediately.