Warm Chèvre Salad with Pears & Walnuts


1. Divide the chevre into four equal pieces and shape into discs about ½” thick.

2. Chop about ¼ c walnut halves finely and combine with panko.

3. Prepare breading station: you’ll need the beaten egg in a bowl and the flour and panko/walnut mixture on two separate plates.

4. Dip the chevre rounds first in the flour, then in the egg, and finally in the panko mixture, making sure the cheese is completely covered in breading on all sides. Place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or longer if possible.

5. Preheat oven to 200.

6. Make the vinaigrette: whisk together the shallot, vinegar, mustard, and olive oil until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper and set aside.

7. Heat about ½” olive oil in a skillet. When oil shimmers, remove chevre rounds from refrigerator and fry until golden brown and crisp. Drain and keep warm in oven while assembling salad.

8. In a large bowl, toss greens and diced pear with vinaigrette and pile onto plates. Top each salad with a round of chevre and a few toasted walnuts and serve with a crusty baguette.

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