Wednesday, March 14, 2012

J'adore Fromage de Chèvre

The first time I tried goat cheese, I wasn't sure I liked it. The second time, I thought it was OK. The third time, I was hooked. I now love goat cheese. It has a tangy and distinctive flavor. For me it was an acquired taste. It is a soft and spreadable cheese. You can buy it in a log to slice off and spread on crackers and bread. Or you can buy it crumbled to toss into salads. It can be found in the specialty cheese section in the deli department of most supermarkets. Some people even find goat's milk and cheese easier to digest than cow's.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese from allrecipes.com
Last summer was when I really got hooked on goat cheese. My aunt and uncle served it to us when we stayed at the cabin. We had tried it the summer before and weren't sure what to think. But last summer it just clicked - this is good! I've been experimenting with different recipes that incorporate goat cheese. I read a slightly annoying article on Huffington Post about "8 Ubiquitous Menu Items We Don't Need to See Anymore." I guess I'm pretty sheltered here in central Minnesota since I haven't even had several of those items, nor am I sick of things like molten chocolate cake or butternut squash soup. The first dish on the list is Beet & Goat Cheese Salad. I'd never heard of it before, but I thought it sounded wonderful and decided to try it. I found a recipe for Beet Salad with Goat Cheese on allrecipes.com and loved it.

During the holidays last year, my hubby and I decided to have a lunch date at a popular coffee shop in the area called The Local Blend. I had the "Goats Do Roam" sandwich. It was awesome! While the wheat bread didn't quite agree with me (this was before I gave up wheat), I was anxious to recreate the recipe at home. I was happy to find Elana's Paleo Bread recipe because it seemed like the perfect base for this recipe. Here is a recipe (er... general guidelines) for my version of the "Goats Do Roam" sandwich. Try some goat cheese today!

Dianne's "Goats Do Roam" Sandwich
makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients:
2 slices bread of your choice
Goat cheese
Walnuts (this is the ingredient that really makes the sandwich!)
Baby spinach leaves
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Directions:
Spread goat cheese on both slices of bread. Press walnuts into goat cheese on both slices. Place spinach leaves on one slice and drizzle with vinaigrette. Place the other slice on top to make a sandwich. Serve with a chai latte if desired.

1 comment:

  1. That looks like an easy to make and delicious sandwich!

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