Sometimes you slide a fork into your mouth and feel glad to be eating.
Sometimes you feel surprised. And sometimes you feel downright ready to write a sonnet, speak in poem, and start wearing diamonds and fur while doing the laundry. This Fried Goat Cheese & Roasted Beet Salad recipe
might cause such response. Prepare thyself for earthshattering yumminess!
How do I love thee? Let me begin with le beets. To start this recipe, you can buy canned beets, or use our tutorial on how to roast them yourself
. If you have time, try roasting them. The flavor of fresh-roasted beets in second to none.
If you don't have time, refrain from panicking. The canned sort will work, too. Either way, you're gonna wanna slice your beets about 1/4" thick, then cut them into little hearts with a tiny cookie cutter (or a fondant cutter works too, here!)
To prep the fried goat cheese, I like to set up a little station. This part of the process goes quick, so I'll toss the beets over a plate of greens, whisk up the Citrus-Shallot dressing (included in the recipe below) and have everything ready so the hot balls of fried goat cheese can simply be tossed on top and served at gooey-melty texture. Yes, that's the official phrase.
So, to set up your frying station, heat some good olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk an egg in one bowl, then add some cornstarch to Progresso Italian breadcrumbs seasoned with a pinch of garlic salt. Toss together until well-coated
Then, roll your goat-cheese into 1" balls. Roll them into the egg, into the breadcrumb mixture, back into the egg (this gives them an extra-crunchy coat of the fried stuff!) and one more time into the breadcrumb mixture. Fry away in the hot oil. Toss over your salad and….
Oh, wait. Did we say serve? Then you gotta do it right. Fork into that goat cheese…dive into those beets.
Find your words, then speak forth poetry…
Oh, Fried-Goat-Cheese-and-Beet-Salad, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….
Rock that Beet: More Salad RecipesBrooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!