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A lovely summer starter: Nut coated goat cheese balls in bed of fresh home-grown salad

“Un fromage par jour de l’année” – (There is a different cheese for every day of the year, French proverb).

From day one, I moved to Paris, I felt in love with cheeses. And trust me, it’s a great place to be for a cheese-lover. French have deep-rooted culture of cheese and more than a thousand cheeses in their lexicon. One of the cheeses, I learnt to appreciate is fresh goat cheese. Incredibly light and soft as snow, it tastes lovely with a rustic toast and is great in salads. If you are craving for a luxurious bite, and only have a few minutes for cooking, it’s just the right recipe for you.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 400 g of fresh goat cheese
  • 2-3 spoons of natural yoghurt
  • 4-5 spoons of crushed nuts (pistachio, pecan, almond)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Some pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Crumble cheese into a large bowl and a roughly mash with yoghurt and season to your taste. If the mix is too dry, you can add more yoghurt. I also like to use some lemon zest for the additional swirl of freshness (optional).

2. Take spoonfuls and roll into bite-sized balls.  After, gently roll each cheese ball in the pecan/almond mixture until it’s fully coated. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Goat cheese balls are cool on their own, however, with a handful of fresh salad makes them even more exciting Entrée. But what is a salad without a dressing? To enhance the flavours, I have prepared a simple lemon vinaigrette:

You’d need:

  • 2 tbsp. of freshly lemon squeezed juice
  • Some finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 spoon of brown sugar
  • ½  tbsp. of Dijon mustard
  • 5 spoons of extra virgin oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Some chilli pepper

1. In a small bowl or glass jar, combine together the lemon juice&zest, sugar&salt and a bit of Dijon mustard. Whisk it well together until sugar and salt  are dissolved.

2. Add 5 spoons of the extra virgin oil in a slow stream, whisking constantly until dressing is well blended.

3. Season with salt and freshly grounded black pepper + chilli pepper (optional) to your taste.

Cheese balls covering ideas

You can use a variety of covering as well, here are just a few of them:

  • Snipped fresh chives
  • Toasted sunflower&pumpkin seeds
  • Pecan&cranberry mix
  • Cayenne pepper
  • White&Black toasted sesame seeds

Do you have a favourite covering?

With love,
Marie

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