Baby Greens with Goat Cheese and Balsamic (Side Dish)
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Total Time: 20 minutes minutes
For the dressing:
- 1 (11-ounce) log plain or herbed Montrachet
- 2 extra-large egg whites, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Good olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Enough mixed baby salad greens for 6 servings
- Olive oil and unsalted butter, for frying
- Slice the Montrachet into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. (The easiest way to slice goat cheese is to use a length of dental floss.) Dip each slice into the beaten egg whites, then the panko bread crumbs, being sure the cheese is thoroughly coated. Place the slices on a rack and chill them for at least 15 minutes.
- Melt 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat until just under smoking. Cook the goat cheese rounds quickly on both sides until nicely browned on the outside but not melted inside. Top each salad with 2 warm rounds and serve.
- Toss the salad greens with enough olive oil and balsamic to moisten, then divide them among 6 plates.
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