Friday, August 26, 2011

Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

One of my favorite Austin restaurants is Chez Zee.   They have an amazing menu which includes a Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Salad.   I decided to make it at home for my family and wanted to share it with you.   Wonderful how a little dab of pecan crusted goat cheese can make a relatively plain salad dance in your mouth.

Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese Salad

 Ingredients:
  • 4-8 oz goat cheese
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/2 C pecans, chopped finely
  • pepper
  • parsley, minced
  • butter lettuce
  • any simple vinaigrette
Directions:  In a small bowl, combine goat cheese and minced shallots.   Roll into individual balls and set aside.   Finely chop pecans and place in a separate bowl.  Add pepper to taste and mix.   Take one goat cheese ball and press into the chopped pecans, flattening it into a disk.   Try to keep them uniformed in size

goats cheese mixed with minced shallots

finely chopped pecans with pepper

goat cheese balls

pressed into pecans to become medallions

To serve, place butter lettuce on a plate, top with 1 or 2 pecan crusted goat cheese medallions, sprinkle with a touch of fresh minced parsley and drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.  

4 comments:

Lizzy said...

A delicious way to make a plain salad into an elegant one. YUM!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love goat cheese so much! This looks a simple recipe that has big flavors!

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

That's such a lovely image - the salad dancing in my mouth - I can see a can-can! Great salad!

Peggy said...

Now this is what I call easy elegance! The salad looks and sounds phenomenal =)