Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mixed Greens with Thyme-Scented Goat Cheese Cakes

Goat Cheese Cakes:
8 oz fresh goat cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
12 oz. mixed greens

Goat Cheese Cakes:
Slice 12 small rounds of goat cheese and put in a small low-rimmed glass dish. Top with olive oil and chopped thyme. Let sit, refrigerated, for 1 hour.

In a small mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs, dried thyme, black pepper and salt. Coat goat cheese rounds on all sides.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place goat cheese rounds on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove with a spatula.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Combine dressing and salad greens. Top with goat cheese cakes.

--Adapted from the Wine Lovers Cookbook

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